Triticum aestivum – Winter: All proceeds of each packet go to humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine. Grown by Evan Sofro at the River Farm in Buhl, Idaho, this beautiful winter wheat that made its way to Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance's Heritage Grain Trials program via John Sherck (Sherck Seeds) who found it from Sylvia Davatz (Solstice Seeds) in Vermont. Seeds have a way of making their journey. Although named Ukrainka, the origin of the variety is a Hungarian landrace that is one of the parent wheats for Banatka (bred by Eli Rogosa, who crossed Banatka with Bankuti). It was renamed Ukrainka when it was brought to Russia in the late 1800’s. The famous Russian plant explorer, Nikolai Vavilov, described Ukrainka as “distinguished by high productivity, excellent baking quality and broad adaptability”. 20 grams/packet
From John Sherck, Sherck Seeds, Bristol, IN:
The plants look very similar to the Banatka and reached 55″ in height. It exhibited good disease resistance. One difference between my Banatka plot and the Ukrainka plot was that the Ukrainka was a little easier to harvest by hand. The Banatka seed stalks tended to droop over (a few stalks were broken) making cutting a little more difficult. The Ukrainka stalks were all fairly straight and upright. I did not find a single Ukrainka plant with a broken stem. The overall grain quality and yield was excellent.