Using harvested triticale seeds

Asked May 7, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

We are through grazing and it looks like we will have a great seed crop. We were wondering if we could harvest and store the seed for next year? Will it breed true since it is self pollinating or will we have some plants that look like rye or wheat as a result of genetic segregation?

Nueces County Texas

1 Response

Even though triticale is a cross between wheat and rye, it is self-pollinating (similar to wheat) and not cross pollinating (like rye). Most triticales that are agronomically desirable and breed true have resulted from several cycles of improvement, but are primarily from the durum-rye crosses with some common wheat parentage occasionally involved according to the University of Wisconsin's Alternative Field Crop Guide.