Viva La Vida: A wheat success story
The hamlets of Vida, Montana, and Reeder, North Dakota, are isolated rural communities.
Vida, population 206, sits a few miles south of Wolf Point in northeastern Montana. Reeder, in the southwestern corner of North Dakota along U.S. Highway 12, is home for 162. This is dryland-farming country, where crops must tolerate weather and climate to survive or die.
The villages are located in this nation’s two largest spring wheat-producing states – think baked goodies such as bagels, scones, cinnamon rolls, home-baked bread. Yet the towns’ existence is not widely known.
Now, because of a desired trait in the wheat varieties named after them, Vida and Reeder may well become famous among plant scientists searching for foundational genes to combat looming higher temperatures in July – the critical growth period for spring wheat on the Great Northern Plains.
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