Three different small test plots of India-Jammu are showing off. Shorter and less verdant than the Sonora, the plots seemed thin and rather spindly. But recently we have seen significant enlargement of the seed heads after blossoming.
|India Jammu in blossom|
|India Jammu three weeks ago, approaching boot stage.|
|Multiple India Jammu seed heads in soft/medium dough stage.|
|Complex seed rows|
While the India Jammu is mostly headed out, two areas of Red Fife are in boot stage, just beginning to emerge. Where the two varieties were planted in partial shade, the India Jammu is past the blossom stage, while the Red Fife is less than half as tall and not yet in boot.
A plot of Kamut, planted in January, is setting heads which are remarkable for having extremely long awns. Some of the awns, or beards, are significantly longer than the seed heads. This variety seems vigorous and is almost as tall as the Sonora. The wide, lush foliage does not suggest this is a drought tolerant strain.
|Test plots of Red Fife Kamut Emmer (Durum in foreground)|
|Kamut heads with very long awns|
A test plot of Emmer (Farro) is three feet tall, but not yet in boot stage. And recently planted Durum only a few inches high, with three or four leaves so far.
|Four week old Durum, with 10 week Emmer behind|