Triticale demand has exceeded supply the past few years. But 2014 seed production may be in good shape, say seed company representatives.

“Assuming that the crop overwintered well, we will have another big increase,” says Tim Fritz, president of King’s AgriSeeds.

“This year,” adds John Uveges, northern division manager for Seedway, “we have been very concerned about winterkill because of the harsh winter.” Some fields are a month behind.

“But they’re all greening up nicely, so we’re cautiously optimistic,” he says.

Last year, rains at the wrong time reduced the quality of the seed crop, grown in the Northeast as well as in Canada.

Triticale seed, like other small grains, is protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act and can only be sold through a licensing process.