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How to tell the difference between barley, rye, and wheat?

 
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Barley seeds are solitary. (One seed per peduncle.)

Rye seeds come in pairs.

Wheat seeds are triplets.

Here's a photo.
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barley, rye, wheat
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Different types of barley
 
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Good information!

So have I identified those below correctly? I don't have any harvested wheat at the moment.
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Rye?
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Barley?
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Its amazing the variety within these grain families. I just happened to have a field of barley, oats and wheat.
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Lauren Ritz wrote:Good information!

So have I identified those below correctly?



IMG_20190728_082954224 looks like wheat to me (three seeds per cluster).

I can't tell on IMG_20190728_082618235. Looks more like barley. Separate one seed cluster from the stem. How many seeds are there per cluster?

Rye.jpg is archetypal rye.
 
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224 had one seed per cluster. 235 was growing with the rye in the third picture, but like you said it doesn't look the same. I just separated it out and we might have a combination there. Some of the grains look blueish like the rye. I’m not sure if I’m separating them out correctly from the clusters.

I’ve put the grains beside the head they came out of in the next picture. So just based on numbers it looks like I have one wheat, two rye and two barley? Although four of the five look alike to me.
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