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I am in South Louisiana and want to grow a small batch of einkorn wheat. Does any one grow this wheat in or close to a 9a zone? This will be my first try at wheat period but really this is the one I have my heart set on. Thanks for any advise.
 
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For you, einkorn can be seeded as a winter wheat or as a spring wheat, I seed mine in the spring, just after the last frost (around the end of march).  To plant as winter wheat you need to get it into the ground by the end of October.
If you have a wheel seeder or a pull behind seeder you want to set the depth at 1/4 inch.
If you are going to hand seed, use a garden rake and pull through the soil in straight lines so you end up with each tine making a 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep furrow, broadcast the seed, turn the rake tines up and lightly drag it to level out the furrows and thus put the seed under the soil surface.
You can water or you can wait for a rain at this point, either will work to get the seeds germinating.
Once the seed sprouts are up they will send their roots deeper into the soil, following the water as it sinks through.

Your springs should be very similar to mine in Arkansas so you probably will not need to add any water while the plants establish themselves.
einkorn takes 100 days to head out usually, wait until they are all the way through the milk stage if you want to harvest early.
I let mine go until the plants are completely brown then I harvest just the heads and lay them out to further dry, once they are dry you can thresh and winnow the grain.

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(einkorn is also known by the name farro)
 
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Thanks so much!
This is the most info I have gotten. I haven't even run across the other name and couldn't find any specifics like what you listed.
Can it handle a lot of rain? I always build up my area but sometimes it will rain for a week at a time. I am not to worried about drought, at least at first because I am not planning on planting more area than I can handle watering.

Really thanks for your help!
 
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If your land will drain, einkorn can take lots of rain. I've seen it flooded for up to a week and not be hurt badly.
 
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