Ancient grains

Asked March 3, 2020, 10:39 AM EST

Where would a farmer get enough seeds to plant acres of ancient grains, for example teff? Also, what percentage of a crop reaped would be needed to reseed for next growing season?

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response

Teff is a summer annual crop used mostly as a forage in Michigan. There are several companies that sell seed for early summer planting. I expect the varieties can also be used for grain as well.

The amount of seed saved could be as little as 10 lbs./acre. However, you will want to insure that the seed you save has good germination. You can check this by planting a known amount and assessing the percent that will germinate using a wet paper towel on a cookie sheet in a warm location. (Make sure to keep the towel moist until germination occurs.)