.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Breeding better wheat

-A A +A

Much more than cinnamon rolls are at stake here

By Kirsten Peters

I spent this past summer trudging through six-mile treks each weekend with two good friends.
We walked along the edge of wheat fields outside of town.
My friends and I qualify as middle-aged ladies, so the walks counted as significant exercise — sad but true.
One of the interesting things about the walks was simply observing the growth and ripening of the wheat fields by which we passed.
We depend on wheat for bread, pasta, animal feed, noodles and perhaps most importantly — fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.
Watching a whole field of wheat grow up, turn from green to gold, and finally be harvested is a magical production that never grows old, at least for us hayseeds.
In the old days wheat grew tall, some of it to a height of six feet.
But around the time I was born, wheat researchers launched the “Green Revolution” that created wheat with much shorter stature.
That was important because it meant farmers could pour on as much fertilizer and water as they were able without leading to wheat so tall it would topple over.
In total, the Green Revolution roughly doubled the amount of wheat available worldwide, quite an accomplishment but one of the truly astounding aspects of technical progress to which we adapt so quickly we soon take it for granted.


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday