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Sorghum blooming | New World Seeds & Tubers

Grain sorghum, also known as “Milo”, isn’t familiar to most Americans. They usually mistake it for either corn (maize) or millet.

That’s because it looks like a corn plant sporting a sprout of millet on top!

I have some down at the farm, and some more in my (Rob’s) back-yard in Seattle. My backyard is basically a nursery for the farm and the seed-and-tuber business, and looks like a farm in miniature.

Three of the sorghum varieties in my back yard were bred by “the amazing” Tim Peters, formerly of Peters Seed and Research. They’re growing in my backyard for lack of other options until I build up enough seed stock to risk them elsewhere, for example, on my farm as soon as I can prepare a spot for them that will be out of the way of the farmer’s tractor. You see, Tim’s Sorghums are all perennial.

Here’s one called “Iron Mountain”:

Sorghum blossoms

Tim’s varieties are WAY ahead of the other varieties in my back yard. With this freakishly cool weather this year, might be nip and tuck getting the others ripe. All of them are rare and we need to increase them.

Speaking of Tim Peters, a lot of people have been asking what happened to his company, and where they can find his crop varieties. What happened is that he took some time off of his breeding, growing, and selling work. The good news is that more of his tomato varieties will be available from us next year. Even better news is that Tim is currently planning to be back to resume his crop-breeding work. I’ll make another, bigger announcement to confirm the fact once I see his smiling face back in the hills of southwestern Oregon next time Tom and I are down there. The plan is for him to be back in the Pacific Northwest in time for prime hardy grain-planting season. Hope so. Imagine the synergy of Tom Wagner and Tim Peters working together!

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