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Terminillo is an old strain of wheat developed at the “Royal Wheat Growing Research Center” in Italy sometime between 1907 and the beginning of World War 2. It was one of many famous wheat lines bred by Prof. Nazareno Strampelli.

This wheat is cross of Reiti wheat and a rye (Vanni), although I would not consider it to be a triticale. As I understand (limited as it is), the initial cross of wheat and rye was then further crossed back with wheat. The purpose was to add cold tolerance into a bread wheat.

Description and Photos courtesy of John Sherck

Growers Notes

John Sherck, Bristol, IN:
My grow out of Terminillo was planted October 1st 2017 and harvested at the end of June the following spring. The plants averaged about 3 1/2′ tall and did well even with the excessive rainfall in the spring. Terminillo is a free threshing variety. Terminillo Wheat (fall planted) seed was sent to me from an agronomist in Turin Italy. This is a old varietal cross. Gigantic seed heads and it is growing in extremely water logged soil.


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