Wheat, is the name given to several plants in the genus Triticum, which are annual or biennial grasses grown primarily for their grain. Wheat can reach 1.2 m in height and like other cereals, has been developed into different varieties that are adapted to planting at different times of the year. Spring wheat is planted for a late summer harvest, whereas Winter wheat is planted for harvesting in early to mid summer. Overwintering varieties are more commonly grown in regions with mild winters. Wheat may be referred to by variety and these include durum or macaroni wheat, club wheat, spelt wheat and bread wheat. Wheat originated in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East.
How to harvest Wheat
Wheat is usually harvested from spring to early summer, depending on the weather. To test the crop, rub the wheat head between your fingers and chew on a piece of grain. If the grain cracks in your mouth, it's ready to be harvested. Cut using a scythe or sickle
How to propagate Wheat
Seed are sown directly either in autumn, winter or spring depending on the variety.
Other uses of Wheat
The seeds of the wheat plant are extracted and ground or milled into flour and other more course products used in the cooking and baking.