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Creator of Freeman Wheat Coming
to Homestead National Monument of America for Homestead Days!
Wheat breeder Dr. Steve Baenziger will be at Homestead National Monument of America's Heritage Center on Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. to talk about his newest variety - Freeman Wheat. The name is a tribute to the first homesteader in the United States, Mr. Daniel Freeman. And what better place to learn about this remarkable grain than to come to Homestead's demonstration field north of the Heritage Center and see it growing first hand.
Dr. Baenziger is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska. He has dedicated his life's work to improving the performance and hardiness of wheat and barley in order to increase yield. Last fall, Dr. Baenziger provided Homestead with a sample of Freeman Wheat and a sample of heirloom Turkey Wheat to be planted side by side in Homestead's demonstration field. The heirloom Turkey Wheat is from the 1870's and was grown by homesteaders throughout the Great Plains. After being planted last fall, the two wheat varieties have begun to grow and the differences are striking.
To see history with your own eyes, come out to Homestead National Monument of America onSaturday, June 14 at 1 p.m.to listen to Dr. Baenziger's presentation. The presentation will be held on the demonstration field so please dress accordingly. Visitors are invited to participate in other Homestead Days activities taking place throughout the park, June 13-15.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2014. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), and Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/