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Heritage Marquis Wheat Field at Dawn

Cedarmountain's picture

Heritage Marquis Wheat Field at Dawn

This photo was taken at dawn a few days ago. It is a field of heritage Marquis wheat grown by Cedar Isle Farm. They have carefully nurtured an initial very small seed stock over a number of years and now have enough seed to grow Marquis wheat for a modest commercial harvest.  I saw this photo in their Late Spring Update e-newsletter and wanted to share it with the TFL community if for no other reason than it's a beautiful picture!  Here is the accompanying excerpt from the newsletter:


Late Spring Update 2018

    " ...planted our saved seed of heritage Marquis wheat again this spring, and the seedlings are flourishing. Take another look at the photograph (at the top), taken at dawn. Those tiny drops of moisture are not dew (condensation of moisture from the air), but guttation.  When the soil moisture is high, and there is little transpiration from the leaves because daily photosynthesis hasn't yet begun, water can accumulate in the roots, creating a slight root pressure that forces moisture to exude through special glands in the leaves.  Cool, eh?

Happy Spring from all of us at Cedar Isle Farm!

Jim "

Cedar Isle Farm - Organic Grains CSA

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Ru007's picture

I think I tend to take for granted how much work goes into producing good flour. I kind of just buy it and use it, this is a nice post to remind us that the bread chain of production is actually really long!!

Is this the flour you use? 

Hope you're happy and baking!! 


dabrownman's picture

grain a couple of years ago in pots but then I found out how hard it was to thresh without a machine:-)  Never did use it but still have the 'crop' hoping I get a threshing machine for Xmas one day.  Wheat prices fell by 270% from 2007 to the end of 2017 but they were up about that much in 2007 alone.  The bubble that burst in markets in 2007-2008 also hit commodities like wheat.  Prices are up a bit since the beginning of 2018 and now we are back to prices at the end of 2006 for wheat.  The stock market has recovered their losses in 2007-2008 but not wheat which was the bubbles of all bubbles like the Nasdaq was in 1999.  the Nasdaq finally broke through that bubble top this year.  

Going to college at Silo Tech, K-State, in the middle of Wheat country, the Tall Grass Prairie, the miles and miles of golden wheat ready for harvest was breathtaking.

PalwithnoovenP's picture

A recent reading comprehension test had a passage about wheat and other grains. It said that wheat is the most affected grain by climate change. This photo reminds me that there is still hope. Sometimes, I dream of growing my own food and put all of my effort and labor into it though I know it's very difficult. Thanks!

leslieruf's picture

and such a peaceful view! thanks for showing us this Cedarmountain,

Do you live in this general area too?