NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th August, 1901 : William Farrer, who migrated to Australia from England in 1870, has come up with a new variety of wheat, appropriately named Federation. Farrer, a surveyor, has been experimenting with the cross-breading of wheat with Indian varieties since settling at Lambrigg on the Murrumbidgee River in 1886. Farrer undertook the experiments because the varieties of wheat being grown were low yielding and seemed unsuitable to Australian conditions. His strains, including Federation, have shown in experiments to mature earlier, have higher yields and be more resistant to diseases.
[Not your typical Pommy whiner. Today the Greens would vociferously object.]