Friday, 24 August 2007

Walking around the wheat fields

The wheat was nearly ready to be harvested and then it rained again! We check if the wheat is ready by rubbing an ear in our hands - blowing away the chaff and looking at, and biting, the wheat kernel. You can tell how ripe the wheat is by the colour and and how hard it is when you bite it. If you think it is nearly ready then you can check with a moisture meter.

Why is it important - if we harvest the wheat when it is too wet and then store it the wheat will deteriorate and can go mouldy. This could make it inedible for people and animals. We have to mechanically dry the wheat if it is too wet and this adds to the harvest costs so a farmer keeps checking and hoping it comes right.

It will need a few days to dry out when the sun finally comes out.

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