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World Championship Wheat 1954

World Championship Wheat 1954

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

World Championship Wheat 1954

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Halton
The City of Burlington
In a park on the east side of Tuck Drive
north of Spruce Avenue west of Appleby Line


Coordinates: N 43 21.693 W 79 45.175

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Plaque Text

At the 1954 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, William E. Breckon of Burlington won the World Wheat Championship with grain grown on his Nelson Township farm about 3 km northeast of here. He led the white winter wheat class seven times before becoming "wheat king" with a sample of Genesee, a variety developed at Cornell University, N.Y. Since western Canada's hard spring varieties had long dominated the wheat awards at the Fair, Breckon's world championship, the first for an Ontario farmer and the first for winter wheat, was widely acclaimed. This school and the adjoining park were named after W.E. Breckon, who served Nelson Township School Board as chairman or trustee from 1943 to 1956.

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