Sorghum bicolor (100 days) Sorghum, a large corn-like plant originally domesticated in Africa, is traditionally considered a southern crop. So I was surprised this summer to find a 4' grain sorghum being grown by my neighbor in central Maine. This was a warmer-than-usual summer, but also shorter, with a late spring frost bookended by an early one in the fall, during which Texicoa matured its large dense heads just in time. More exceptionally, it maintained its productivity during a severe drought, which makes it a front runner in the climate-change sweepstakes. A white-seeded grain sorghum (also known as milo), Texicoa can be popped, but it is more commonly ground into a mild-flavored flour, cooked as a grain, or sometimes nixtamalized like corn and made into tortillas. Culture is similar to corn; expect tillers. Easy to thresh and attractive to birds. Whatever you don’t eat can be used as animal feed. Black Benefit Sharing. ①NEW!
4316 Texicoa Sorghum - Organic
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The selections here are rare heirloom varieties especially chosen for small- or homestead-scale production. Revived interest in food security and sovereignty inspires us to seek edible and heirloom grains. Most of them are also decorative in both form and color, making great accents to bouquets and wreaths. In the early 1800s Maine was the breadbasket of the U.S. Wheat and rice do not demand huge space and can be threshed with a little ingenuity. With good fertility, proper spacing and reasonable diligence, it is quite possible to harvest 10 lb of heirloom wheat from 100 plants in a 10x10' plot. A 100' row of rice can yield 6–10 lb.
Larger-scale growers and farmers, those seeking larger quantities of more mainstream varieties, or those looking for cover crops should check out the Organic Growers Supply list of Farm Seed.
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