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4th Stop: Triticale

Sweetwater, Ok — Our fourth stop is for a customer who has triticale. We cut for this farmer last year and it was the very first time that I had ever cut triticale. I didn’t even know what it was until last year. Apparently it’s a cross between wheat and rye and it originated in Scotland. It is mostly used for grazing cattle, cut for silage, or for seed. It is a great alternative to corn because of its protein content. If you’re interested you can click on this link or this one, and learn more about the facts. It’s just a few things I found surfing the web that I found interesting. It still amazes me how large the head is. It really does have the rye traits of being tall and a long head. The wheat shows through in the head as well, where you can see each individual little seed and the seed itself looks more like wheat than rye. It is fun to have a change from cutting wheat.

Emma:elk city and beyond


Emma: riding fun


Sadly this is our last stop for now. Now we’re looking for work until the fall harvest arrives.

Be safe and God bless!

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  • Dan McGrew, now of North Carolina
    Posted at 13:33h, 18 July

    Triticale was developed by the plant genetics team in Mexico, which worked with the Rockereller Foundation.
    When Borlaug was sent to administer the Rockefeller operations, he discovered the well-advanced triticale research, which the genetics team projected as about 80% complete.
    Borlaug grabbed some samples, flew to New York and in a press conference announced the miracle development of Triticale by Rockefeller foundation.
    That ended all association between the scientists and the Rockefeller Foundation.
    With a lot of self-promotion Borlaug was granted the Noble for plant science or something.
    The Mexican genetics team continue work hybridizing wheat and eventually perfected the hybrid wheat which was marketed by World Seeds and Ferry Morse Seed Company’s field seed division in all states south of the Dakotas.
    The first irrigated winter production in California’s Imperial Valley, just north of Baja, produced incredible tonnage and quality.
    I worked with some of that genetic science team from Mexico and they had no good word for Borlaug.
    It was not jealousy that angered them. They considered that he destroyed the great share of Triticale’s future by releasing it with at least three years of further development needed before it would be perfected.
    To the best of my knowledge, Borlaug did not return to Mexico.