I was wondering if anyone has any experience with wheat intensification. This winter will be my first year growing wheat. I currently have a small patch of rye emmer barley and a natural clover that I'm experimenting with. I also have a about a 5x5 plot with emmer. I currently have them space 12 inches apart. And I'll be weeding around the plants. I was going to do a much larger plot when the rains start. I've had a hard time finding information. Any advice is appreciated thank you.
Do you mean that each plant is 12 inches from it's neighbours? Or each row is 12 inches apart? Either way unless where you live is very dry that sounds way to far. comercialy seed is sown here around roughly every half inch in the row with rows 6-8 inches apart. The older varieties, the long straw ones, are pretty weed tollerant, it's only modern short varieties that are really badly effected by weeds. I remember reading somewhere that around 230sq meters would produce 80kg of wheat odd numbers I know but that was for home production of wheat for bread for a family of 4. That was probably done using a modern wheat so emmer produces around 58% of that yield.
I'm largely experimenting right now. I live in southern ca. We get about 12 inches of rain on a good year. I've researching a lot of techniques online including wheat intensification. Which is an extension sri(system of rice intensification). You plant 12" per plant allowing the grain to tiller vigorously and intensively weed water and fertilizer to get the highest returns in the smallest space. I'm also curious about baranaja an Indian technique where you plant 12 different grains together for a poly culture. Providing redundancy. The native clover took over initially because I let my patience slip and planted way to early. They were drought and heat stressed. But now I have some healthy grains including rye barley emmer and a single quinoa seed that sprouted. I'm also using a more traditional row planting with 12" rows. So far the swi technique is outperforming the other two. Eventually I would also like to experiment with the Fukuoka style. Just to see what is truth and what is being over hyped. I'll be planting my main crop in January, because it almost never gets below 32 degrees here.
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