The Tender Land follows the story of a farm family, and the scenic design calls for four-foot-tall wheat. Last week, Abby made a call to The Farmers’ Museum for advice. She spoke with Farmer Wayne and discovered that wheat doesn’t actually grow to be four feet tall – rye might be better, he said. He told her to stop by to discuss details.
Abby explained we will probably need 5 by 40 feet of rye to create a backdrop for the set of The Tender Land. Rye is usually planted in the fall, and we are hoping to find rye tall enough for our purposes come June. Farmer Wayne pointed out that the rye might be a little green so early in the summer. Abby said we will have to flame proof the rye anyway, and maybe we can tint the flame proofing material to adjust the color of the rye.
They also recommended we look into using triticale, which is a hybrid between wheat and rye. It’s a little stiffer, and since we want the grain to stand tall on the set of The Tender Land, it might be better for our purposes, they said.
(You can read more about Zeb on this blog, written by The Farmers’ Museum’s blacksmith.)