Blandy Experimental Farm has revealed nature’s secrets for decades

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Posted: September 28, 2013

The Winchester Star

Pollination time at Blandy Farm. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Blandy Farm’s administrative offices are in The Quarters. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
This marker is at the entrance to Blandy Experimental Farm.
RIGHT: Scientists at the experimental farm have glued radio-frequency identification tags to bumblebees so they can record the number of times a bee leaves the hive in a day and the time the bee is gone.
Orland White, the first director of the Blandy Experimental Farm, is the namesake for the Orland E. White Arboretum on the facility’s grounds. In 1986, it was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia.
Scientists in the farm’s radiation pit in the late 1950s exposed a variety of plants to gamma radiation in hopes of creating crops with disease resistance and greater yields.

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