Howell Farm planted two different varieties this year. The wheat in the first photo below shares characteristics with older varieties of wheat -- it will grow taller than modern wheat varieties with a long beard protecting the heads. The wheat in the second photo has characteristics more typical of modern wheat crops -- it will grow shorter, and although it also has a beard, the beard will be shorter.
The farmers at Howell Farm are interested to observe the results of this experiment. Which variety will grow the best, which will yield the most grain, which will be easiest to harvest with historical equipment, and which will prove to be the most resistant to grazing deer?
Don't judge yet by the photos. The wheat in the first photo was planted later than the wheat in the second.