Wheat in California?
Yes, this is a wheat field in Central California. Its a crop that you don’t see around much any more but I am holding out. This particular field is planted to a “beardless” variety and will most likely be cut for hay the end of April. It fits my rotation well because it uses very little water due to the fact that it mostly grows through the winter when rains (should) supplement the irrigations. Unfortunately, this winter was very dry and I had to irrigate twice, but who’s counting?
In this picture, I have cut open the blade and the immature head is exposed. In time, these grains will swell and each will become a kernel of wheat.