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bushels, though these figures have decreased somewhat
during the last few years. Wheat in Denton County
has, at times, yielded as much as fifty-two bushels to
the acre on unfertilized land. The production today is
about 21 bushels per acre. While wheat is grown over
all the county, greater acreage is given this grain on the
Grand Prairie division. Denton County, Texas, par-
ticularly the area around Krum, is known throughout
the nation, perhaps the world, for the history it has
made with wheat cultivation. Texas also has an Agri-
cultural Substation in Denton County, established in
1910, near Krum, just five miles west of the city of
Denton. Over a period of seven years the state agri-
cultural substation tested 2,000 selections of strains of
wheat. Plants and heads were taken at random for the
test. The chief objective was to find a plant which
could best adapt itself to the Denton habitat. There-
fore tests were made in order to improve and purify the
strain and to get detailed notes on the habits of different
grains. Intensive studies were made on the resistance of
the strains to disease in an effort to get a basis for dis-
carding. Out of the work six good strains for the coun-
ty were selected and given major consideration and the
best of these strains has been given the name "Denton
Wheat." These few good selections are resistant to
stem and leaf rust but sensitive to loose smut. The
mills, of course, object to the loose smut; so experimen-
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