Why not develope a wheat that grows back every year?

Why not develope a wheat that grows back every year?

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    single year species have bigger incentive to coom out as much seed as possible than multi year ones.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    sounds hard to do
    if you could do it, it'd be done

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why don't we grow chestnuts or acorns instead of wheat?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      why isn't there watermelon icecream with whole fruits?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I dont know its harder to collect and mill maybe?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      American chestnuts almost died out. And neither can be used to make bread without adding xanth or baking powder.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The companies that sell seeds want people to buy the seeds every year.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Rice farmer here, here's why We much our rice back into the ground in winter instead of letting the crop self-propogate or ratoon.
    Rotting stalks bring crop specific pests and diseases into the field.
    A large portion of the crop is destroyed in the harvesting process, usually about 2/3rds just from getting cut too short or crushed.
    The crop that remains after cutting is not uniform, some had only the uppermost stalks cut, some had all the upper foliage cut, flowering and setting seed will be all over the place for next harvest.
    Nutrients can't be restored to the soil by rotating legumes or other cover crops.
    The field can't easily be leveled or have earthwork/irrigation done with a crop in it.
    The opportunity cost of saving a little seed is nothing compared to all the above. consider that 1 acre's harvest can replant as many as 2-300 more.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >A large portion of the crop is destroyed in the harvesting process, usually about 2/3rds just from getting cut too short or crushed.
      Is harvesting usually mechanized?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this is mechanized farming right? Not like hand planting and harvesting?
      Also where can I go this? (in exchange for only bed and meals)

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Indonesia

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Nutrients can't be restored to the soil by rotating legumes or other cover crops.
      Can't you just plant them in between?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That would mean less space for the grain to grow, reducing total yield, while also significantly complicating both harvesting of the grain and plowing under of the cover crop (I can't speak with certainty on this but it may potentially even be outright impossible on an industrial scale)

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They'd put more energy into roots and less into the grain.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What do perennial grass roots look like in compacted soil?

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There are already some perennial grains like kernza but they do have some disadvantages over annuals, such as being more awkward to work into a rotation, having to save resources for the winter at the cost of annual yield, and using more water due to being in the soil all year around (though for that one it's possible that a reduction in soil erosion might negate it: I'm not sure what the exact figures are either way)

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    because you need to rotate crops lest the soil gets exhausted and yields go down

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not if the roots go down 8 feet.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That just delays the timeframe, and when you have to rotate after 4-5 years, tilling soil fucking eight feet down is going to cost more than the entire farm is worth. The cost wouldn't even be linear, e.g. tilling eight feet vs one foot isn't eight times the cost, it's much more.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >he doesn't have a hyperplow

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I hyperplowed your mom last night.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              We'd have a shack full of them if it wasnt for Lincoln.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I mean, if it made sense economically, I'm sure someone would have done it already since agriculture is about maximizing profit margins just as much as any other industry. But alas, it is cheaper and more efficient to constantly re-plant (different) seeds.

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