Vernalization, hope before the winter

20151108_164730Riding through the wheat fields in mid October in Montana I learned a new term today, vernalization.

The seedling winter wheat, less than 6 inches high, balanced against the big sky, looks like a beautiful lawn of pristine green into the horizon.

The winter wheat if planted in the spring would never produce a crop.  In order to trigger the reproductive cycle and produce a seed head, cold temperature is required, otherwise a vegetative state ensues.

After the cold of winter, come spring, the flowering process begins.

Vernalization, where the cold triggers the wheat to flower after laying dormant all winter is indeed an interesting phenomenon.

As we ride through the fields of green before the impending winter, I am filled with hope.

Can a similar process take place with an idea?  Click on link to watch Katch video


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