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Baart Wheat

  • WH002
  • Baart is an heirloom spring wheat introduced to the US from Australia in 1900.  It was well established in Arizona by 1914; by 1934, 85% of the wheat grown in Arizona was Baart.  The semi-hard wheat berries have a relatively high percentage of protein and are known for high test weight and superior milling and bread-baking value.  The plants are tall, 40 to 50 inches, and can lodge under irrigation.  This heirloom Baart is not rust resistant.

    For areas with mild winter climates, Baart is planted and sprouts in the fall and winter, from approximately November to January and harvested in May or June before the onset of the summer rains. Plant in the spring in other areas.  From our Seed Bank Collection.

    • Approx. 22.5g/700 seeds per packet.
    • A single packet of wheat seeds will plant a 3 ft x 3 ft with a dense stand.
    • Limit 3 packets.

  • $3.95

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Timothy Moore
Baart Wheat trial in my back yard

I bought this Baart, because we have a climate here in Southern California similar to that in South Africa. I planted four twenty five foot long rows two months ago before the rains. The wheat sprouted quickly and is now over a foot tall. They look quite healthy. Only problem is the gophers find the plants tasty.

John Rahart
Baart wheat

According to a grain specialist that I worked, and collected rare seed with in the late 1970's through the 1980's, the person who I believe accessed the landrace to NSS after years of searching for it and many failed searches, Baart wheat was apparently a drought hardy landrace grown in the grain belt of eastern Washington State until the post WW2 era when modern institution developed wheats replaced it. It's flaw was that it did not respond to chemical fertilizers with increased yield. It is and has been since it's rediscovery, somewhat difficult to near impossible to obtain. NSS offered it years ago, and now is offering it again. My seedstock from the collector's original find, and also some from NSS was lost during a move to a new location. I am relieved that it is now available for seed expansion once again. I encourage people interested in drought hardy wheat to grow it out, expand the seed reservoirs and protect it for the future. It has valuable characteristics that are noteworthy and irreplaceable.

Dale Acker
Desert wheat

Great. Can’t wait to plant them in the spring and try.

Ronald Erasmus
Excellent for bread

Baart wheat Originated in South Africa as early as 1739. Baart is the Afrikaans word for "beard" It was said to have been introduced prior to that from Western Europe. Baart was introduced to Australia from Cape Colony South Africa about 1880. The USDA received Baart wheat from Australia in 1900.