Nathan Sieler

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  • in reply to: Adopt A Grain Project #9259
    Nathan Sieler
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    Week 3 – JonesFifeWheat

     

    From Bulletin 1074 – Jones Fife was created by A.N. Jones in Newark, N.Y. in 1889.  It is a descendant of Fultz, Mediterranean, and Russian Velvet varieties. By 1919, 215,900 acres of it were being grown in Eastern WA, where I currently live. It was the 4th most popular variety in the state, behind Baart, Marquis and Gold Coin.  One of its synonyms is “Burbank Super”, after the famous plant breeder, Luther Burbank.  In Burbank’s 1917 catalog, he listed it (or an identical grain) under the title “The New Burbank Wheat” and claimed it was the best performer out of the 68 other wheats he had tested.  “the growth is strong, 4ft on good ordinary soil, tillers unusually well, and on ordinary valley soil, without special cultivation, care or fertilizing.”  According to the 1074 bulletin, is performed poorly outside the pacific region.  However, in Montana, it has another synonym, known as Crail Fife after local Bozeman farmer Frank Crail who grew and distributed it under that name and had good success with it.  It seems possible that “Burbank Super” is a similar but different variety that is less cold hardy than “Crail Fife”

    in reply to: Adopt A Grain Project #9150
    Nathan Sieler
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    Week 2 – JonesFifeWheat

     

    Latin name – I believe that it shares the latin name of other wheats, Triticum aestivum

    Chromosomal count – Wheat has a chromosomal count of 42

    Ideal growing conditions – From interpreting the 1922 USDA Bulletin, Classification of American Wheat Varieties, it would appear that it likes mildly cold winters with moderate amounts of precipitation and dry summers.  I am assuming this based on the location that is most grown.   The bulletin says “plant winter habit” which I believe means that it is a fall planted winter wheat

    Pollination – self-pollinated

    Breeding characteristics – it apparently is a cross made by A.N. Jones of Newark, New York that comes from “Fultz, Mediterranean and Russian Velvet”

    Other characteristics– it is sold by Great Lakes Staple Seeds who markets it as a Soft Red Winter Wheat

    in reply to: PRE-REQ/WK1: Introduce Yourself! #9149
    Nathan Sieler
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    Hello neighbor!  I’ve got some family in Pullman and Lewiston, so I’m in your neck of the woods quite often.  I’m happy to share the progress and what I learn as my experiment continues 🙂

    in reply to: PRE-REQ/WK1: Introduce Yourself! #9148
    Nathan Sieler
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    barley update 10-10-2021

    in reply to: PRE-REQ/WK1: Introduce Yourself! #9147
    Nathan Sieler
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    Just want to share an update to my trial plot…I haven’t been out there since planting until today.  It looks like all three of my barleys germinated successfully!  Next time I head out there I plan on bringing a hoe to do some weeding and a bag of leaf or straw mulch to cover the soil.

     

    The barley pictured is called “Excelsior”

    barley update 10-10-2021

    in reply to: Adopt A Grain Project #8965
    Nathan Sieler
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    Week1 – JonesFifeWheat

     

    I am choosing Jones Fife Wheat, because it was one of the most popular wheats grown in my state in the 1919 USDA wheat variety bulletin.   I believe that it is a hard red winter wheat, which I suspect will do better in my region than the other popular wheats which were spring wheats, since we get most of our annual precipitation in the winter and spring.

    jones fife wheat(photo source – great lakes staple seeds)

    in reply to: Adopt A Grain Project #8964
    Nathan Sieler
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    AAG_Nathan_JonesFifeWheat

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Nathan Sieler. Reason: changed form Keldin Red since learning that it is PVP protected, so I wouldn't care to grow it
    in reply to: PRE-REQ/WK1: Introduce Yourself! #8639
    Nathan Sieler
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    Hello!  My name is Nathan Sieler.  I live in Spokane, Washington.   Unfortunately, my 8-5 job precludes me from attending live, but I will be following along with the recordings and active in the forum.

     

    I’ve been a backyard gardener for ~4 years and recently became interested in grown grains as well as vegetables.  So far my only experience with grains is starting a small plot for the RMSA grain trials this past weekend.  Throughout this course, I hope to learn what I did wrong with this first trial plot, as well as what the possibilities are for using the grains that I grow in my own kitchen.

    my first grain experience - Sept 2021

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