This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Last year I removed the anthers from a head of Armstrong (beardless) wheat while they were quite immature (green and small), applied pollen from rye, bound the head and so left it for two days. The binding (worsted) was then removed the palets and glumes again spread apart, rye pollen again applied and the head again bound up. In two days this was repeated and the head bound up so to remain until harvest.
Nine grains formed. These were planted in September ten inches apart. Eight germinated.
From these eight plants we have quite a number of distinct varieties. Some are bearded, some beardless; some ripened early, some late. Some are well filled with grain, some sterile or nearly so. Thinking you might feel interested I send you one of the latter. The plant bore about ten heads. In these I have found about a dozen imperfect grains some of which may grow. We have had a number of persons to look at the plants and although incredulous before, they seemed confident enough after that the plants are true hybrids. To one of these heads I again this season applied rye pollen. The head gives me three or four good grains. These should be three-quarters rye. You will please to observe the downiness of the stem near the head. This, I think, never occurs in wheat stems.
Editor Rural New Yorker, July 2d, 1884.
[The specimens, raised from wheat, have so many characteristics of rye, that we are led to believe that it is a genuine case of hybridity, and between two genera is the more interesting. Still more interesting is it to note that, though between two distinct genera it is not sterile. - Ed. G. M].