Feeling frustrated with commodity markets for traditional crops, Moody, Texas, farmer Wes Perryman is looking for alternative markets. In 2018, he planted five varieties of heirloom wheat for a whiskey distillery, Still Austin.
“This is my first year to grow heirloom wheat,” says the 36-year-old Perryman. “It’s a total experiment.”
The heirloom seeds were originally acquired by Texas A&M AgriLife Research Assistant Research Scientist Russell Sutton, who got them from the National Small Grains Collection (NSGC) at Aberdeen, Idaho. The NSGC stores small grains germplasm collections, dating date back to 1897.
Perryman also grows cotton, corn and modern wheat varieties. He is a father of two and in his spare time, a Texas country singer, songwriter and electric guitar player.