Wheat is the crop that gives our farm land the break that it needs between the more intensive vegetable and bulb crops and about a quarter of the farms area is planted with wheat each year.
Wheat is planted once the field is free of the previous crop which can be anytime from September through to February. The earlier that we drill the wheat the less seeds we put into the ground as the crop can become too thick and lush.
The wheat ripens over summer and is ready to harvest by August with the combine harvester. Hot, dry and sunny days are the best but the weather does not always go in our favour and sometimes we have to dry the grain so that it can be stored for up to a year afterwards. The wheat that we produce all gets used to feed animals and not to make bread as it is too low in protein that is necessary to make bread rise.