Grasses of North America for farmers and students p. 307 (1887)
William James Beal

Professor A. E. Blount, of Colorado, is an enthusiast in crossing cereals, and has met with excellent success in obtaining good new varieties. Hear him:

"All the cereals are susceptible of great improvement. They can be made to produce results, heretofore unrealized, at which some of the oldest scientific farmers are amazed. The farmer can breed up his grain as he does his stock. If it is deficient in any one element, he can supply that deficiency. Should his wheat, for instance, be too soft, too starchy, or have weak straw, he can, by crossing it upon other harder, more glutinous and stiff strawed kinds, make wheats to suit his soil, climate and his miller. If his corn does not suit him, if it is too long-lived, with too large cobs, too coarse fodder, too inferior stalks, too high, low, large or small, he can select, cross and interbreed until only quantity, form, and fineness are obtained. The experimenter must be thoroughly acquainted with the plants before he can succeed in improving them by selection. If he be a wise man, and understand his business, he does not always take the largest ear or the largest spike. The largest are by no means always the best."