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August 24, 1986|Bill Steigerwald

Western wheat growers are turning to Rambo for help.

Seems our purple plains are infested by hordes of anti-American sawflies whose larva hollow out the stems of wheat plants, causing them to topple. Which means the kernels can't be gobbled up by those giant grain combines.

But on experimental plots in Conrad, Mont., a strain of wheat has been bred by Western Plant Breeders that has stems so tough even sawflies can't cut through them. The strain's official name (registered with the Department of Agriculture): Rambo.

Rambo's milling and baking qualities are reportedly a little weak, but its yield at the bushel-office is expected to be high. A rep for Western Plant predicts the seeds will be a good seller.

Rambo will open in the fields of Montana next year.

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