Motley Triticale

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


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 for a number of reasons. Motley has the following traits:

  • Beardless: Motley triticale is completely beardless, a very attractive attribute for those who bail and feed. Beard 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.
  • 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: 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.

LocationCedar City, UTCascade, IAImperial, NEFort Collins, COImperial, NEIdaho Fall, IDOthello, WAOthello, WAIdaho Fall, IDBozeman, MTBozeman, MT
Flex 7194.9016.4011.007.409.05.805.205.504.002.403.6
FX 10014.30

Helpful Links

Additional information about this product can be found on the academic websites linked below.


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

  • Motley Triticale
  • X tritosecale. Facultative.

Who is Great Basin Seed?

Great Basin Seed is a seed company that specializes in seed sales and consultation for home, ranch, farm, range and reclamation. We have been a leader in the seed industry since 1974.

Right: Company founder Lloyd and his wife Paula Stevens in a wildflower seed production field circa 1977