Motley Triticale

  • Scientific name: X tritosecale
  • Facultative
  • Beardless
  • Abundant, large leaves
  • Heavy Tillering
  • Short but high-yielding
  • Reduced risk of lodging
  • Excellent forage value


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Motley brand triticale is a Haystack Mountain exclusive variety in conjunction with TriCal. It was released to growers in 2022 after 5 years in trials. We are excited to offer Motley brand triticale to our grower and customers. We think it is a strong newcomer with many qualities to recommend it. Motley has the following traits:

  • Beardless: Motley triticale is completely beardless, a very attractive attribute for those who bail and feed. Beards can cause respiratory and mouth problems in livestock, and beardless varieties eliminate that threat.
  • Faculatative: Motley can be sown in the spring or fall, making it highly versatile.
  • Reduced Risk of Lodging: In our trials Motley was about 6″ shorter that comparative varieties like Gunner, Flex 719, and FX 1001 but it yields higher tonnage due to its abundant, green leaves. Shorter, stronger stems means less exposure to wind and a reduced risk of lodging. The feedback we continue to get is something like “look at the size of those leaves” and “it’s so thick I cant walk through it”!
  • Large, Abundant Leaves: Motley had one to two more leaves per stem than comparable triticale in our trial, resulting in high tonnage. Leaves are broad and deep green – a terrific source of quality forage.
  • High Tillering: Most varieties have an average of 7-9 tillers. In Motley, 9-12 tillers are common. We have observed up to 15 in our fields. More tillers = more stems, more stems = more leaves!

PVP Variety. Unauthorized propagation prohibited. Motley is a TM of Northern Agri Brands, LLC.

Year20222021202120212020202020202019201920192018
LocationCedar City, UTCascade, IAImperial, NEFort Collins, COImperial, NEIdaho Fall, IDOthello, WAOthello, WAIdaho Fall, IDBozeman, MTBozeman, MT
MOTLEY5.0618.2011.907.409.65.904.505.104.402.804.1
Flex 7194.9016.4011.007.409.05.805.205.504.002.403.6
Gunner5.2012.6013.807.408.55.204.305.4004.52.704.5
FX 10014.30
Surge4.16
Forerunner3.76
Beards, Dwarf Beards and Awnlettes

Making Sense of Grain Beards

What is the difference between “bearded” and “dwarf beard” and “beardless” varieties? How do I choose the one best for me?

The table below will help you visualize the different characteristics of each variety, if they have beards (or not) and why it matters. See our BEARDED GRAINS blog post for additional information.

BEARDED GRAIN BLOGPOST
SpeciesVarietyPlanting SeasonBeard ExpressionComments
OatOtanaSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatMonidaSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatIntimidatorSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatMonicoSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatMagnumSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
OatEverleaf™ 126 OatSpringBeardlessOats do not have a beard
BarleyVaqueroSpringBeardlessMay express a beard up to 4/10,000 plants (.04%)
BarleySunstar DoubleSpringBeardedBearded forage barley
BarleyClaymoreSpringBeardedBearded forage barley
BarleyHaymakerSpringBeardlessForage barley
BarleyLavinaSpringBeardlessForage barley
BarleyGoldeneyeSpringBeardedGrain barley
BarleySunstar PrideFallBeardedFall forage barley
BarleyValorFallBeardlessFall forage barley
BarleyBaldwinFallAwnlettedBeard expression if planted after October 15
TriticaleMerlin Max™FacultativeBeardlessForage triticale
TriticaleGunner™FacultativeBeardlessForage triticale
Triticale131FallBeardlessForage triticale
Triticale 141 SpringAwnletted141 was used facultatively at high elevations
TriticaleLuomaFallAwnlettedForage triticale
TriticaleFlex 719™FacultativeAwnlettedForage triticale
TriticaleFX 1001FallNearly BeardlessFX 1001 may have up to 3% beard expression
TriticaleMotley™FacultativeNearly BeardlessForage triticale
WheatJeffersonSpringBeardedHard red grain wheat for milling
WheatTwinSpringBeardlessSoft white forage wheat
WheatBrundageFallBeardlessSoft white forage wheat
WheatRayFallBeardlessHard Red forage or milling wheat
WheatWillow CreekFallBeardlessHard Red forage or milling wheat
RyeRymin or VNS FacultativeBeardedCereal forage rye
PeasAustrian Winter PeasFacultativeBeardlessPeas do not have a beard
Grain MixtureFall Forage BlendFallBeardlessMay contain awnletted varieties
Grain MixtureProsper 3 Grain Forage MixtureSpringBeardlessForage mixture
Grain MixtureProsper Plus with PeasSpringBeardlessProsper with forage peas added

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Synonyms

Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Motley Triticale
  • X tritosecale. Facultative.

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