Quinoa super grain growing in Idaho

Tuesday, August 16 2011


University of Idaho Extension Educator Tony McCammon in Washington County and a team of Extension specialists and educators working on alternative crop and forages are looking into future quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) variety trials and irrigation and harvesting recommendations.
With the support and encouragement of McCammon, local producer Bill Villdres planted 11 acres of quinoa with great success in the Payette River valley.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2013 "the Year of Quinoa" for its nutritional qualities and other characteristics that make it a supergrain for many.
Villdres plans to increase his quinoa stand to 21 acres next year. Extension specialists and research assistants have been called in to help develop research projects to help producers to implement management practices for growing quinoa.