as far as the perennial rye project, last year was my first harvest from all three types. i have to admit, i saw no difference from the Mountaineer rye i planted in 2008 to the trial ryes. i will have to take a better look at each one come this spring when they come up, and thru their growing period. they were all the same height, and produced very similar heads. the amount of Ergot was even smaller than the first year in 2008. i will post pics later.
Post by canadamike on Mar 25, 2012 19:37:25 GMT -5
To be quite frank, the project became the initiatives of each one working on it and there was no follow up.
When I came back from France with Tom, things happened, most of the ol'ones here know, my life changed dramaticly, I left for France married and came back alone, times got very very tough, and I had no mental nor financial ressources to take care of it, in fact taking care of myself was a challenge...this is the internet, I do not want to say more...
But one thing is sure, we knew it would be hard to get data back...it was more about dissipating the stuff to make people chose for themselves than expecting data.
We need money to make it possible. I used to spend 3-4000$ a year on mailings of seeds, now even 10% of this amount is unbearable for me.
And even 3-4000$ is way way too little to coordinate a ''scientific follow up effort''.
We have to rely on people. Most of them are french and not telling much, really, but I am sure they are doing a good job working on it.
One thing that BOTHERS ME A LOT, is that rye has toxicity as pasture before a pretty mature stage. I never heard of that before, and given the fact the perrennial rye produces so much hay, it is a question of importance..
Did the cross between secale montanum and secale cereale got rid of that toxicity?
Some interesting wild grasses, bunkie. For next year, I think.
Yeh, Michel, it was my sense that individual effort, more or less, was where things were at. I've been chatting with Patrick and it seems that he's still taking things forward so I think I'll work with him. He's certainly been helpful in guiding me.
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