I was standing on the public footpath which runs through the middle of this wonderful wheatfield when I took this photograph. It was a lovely peaceful place to be with open views on two sides and attractive wildflower field margins on the other – full of butterflies, bees and hoverflies.
According to the UK Agriculture website, wheat grown today is related to einkorn and emmer wheats which grew wild in the middle east over 10,000 years ago. ‘Domesticated’ wheat arrived in the UK around 6,000 years ago.
The temperate climate of the UK allows for two sowings per year – Autumn and Spring which can both be harvested in August.
The website (as it stands at today’s date) states that the UK produces around 15 million tonnes of wheat each year – 25% of which is exported around the world.
Wheat is nutritionally valuable because it contains good amounts of protein and carbohydrate.
http://www.ukagriculture.com/crops/wheat.cfm (accessed 7th July 2011)