IMG_2513.JPG The heads of wheat are forming. We have four varieties, Bolero, Sonora, Gabba De Farro and Frassinetto. We are growing enough  to produce seed to plant this fall. The heirloom plants are tall unlike modern varieties which are short. The tall varieties are vulnerable to wind and falling over (lodging). Work at UC Davis in the seventies bombarding the wheat seed with radiation caused genetic mutations. The seeds were then planted and those that grew short but yielded well were selected. If you look at a field  of wheat the plants are all exactly the same height, the genetics are very similar. Heirloom varieties like ours have a wide genetic variation within each variety. It is important to protect these for the future when their genes maybe needed when the modern varieties fail from a new disease variation.