Penn State Extension

Growing Rosen Rye Since 2015

The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation has worked closely with Greg Roth, Emeritus Professor of Agronomy, and Mark Antle, PSU Research Support Technologist, to develop and propagate Keystone Rosen Rye for Pennsylvania's farmers since 2015. 

On September 20, 2019, 50 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye seeds were planted on Penn State Agricultural Extension's experimental plots at Rock Springs Research Farm in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.  This begins our 5th year of collaboration for our SeedSpark Project.

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Dancing Star Farms

Robert McDonald, farm owner

On September 12, 2019, Greg Roth delivered 200 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye to Dancing Star Farms in Imler, PA. The seeds were planted on September 29, 2019.

Robert McDonald is now the first independent farmer to grow Rosen Rye in Pennsylvania in over 50 years. He has been growing and selling distilling grains for over 6 years.

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Delaware Valley University

The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation donated 50 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye seed to  Delaware Valley University on September 27, 2019 to be planted in experimental fields in Doylestown, PA.

John Urbanchuk , chair of DVU's agribusiness department, and  Greg Hinderliter, DVU crop production manager, will work with Sarah Dohle, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Plant Science, to manage production of the crop on an experimental farming plot in Doylestown. They will be adding our seed donation to the 19 lbs of Rosen rye grain that Bryce Cannon has grown organically on DVU's Roth Farm in North Wales, PA. All 19 lbs will be replanted on Roth Farm on October 3, 2019.

With Keystone Rosen rye grain now being grown for the SeedSpark Project on land in three distinct areas of Pennyslvania, (Imler, PA, State College, and Doylestown) we can record  and compare incredibly valuable information that can help guide the successful farming practices for this seed across the state.

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