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Akmolinka (PI 438971) is a cone wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp turgidum). It is a landrace from North Kazakhstan. The heads have a tendency to be branched at the base, giving the appearance of a cone-shaped head. Cone wheat is closely related to durum wheat, and the grain is very hard, much like durum wheat. Starch quality is similar to that of Kronos, the standard for durum pasta, and the dough does not darken on standing, so Akmolinka may be useful for whole wheat pasta. Cone wheat is very prolific, and produces long strong straw. Akmolinka is an awned spring type and has pale yellow seed color. It has tall plant height (can grow up to 5 feet in height). It has been grown successfully in the Sacramento Valley when planted in late November through early December and has been most successful in wetter years.