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One in a short series of pictures showing the fields of winter wheat in Saint-Germain-de-Lusignan close to where I live. They were taken a couple of weeks ago at the beginning of May, they have since turned more yellowy in tone.

Winter wheat is a type of cereal that is planted from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere. Winter wheat sprouts before freezing occurs, then becomes dormant until the soil warms in the spring. Winter wheat needs a few weeks of cold before being able to flower, however persistent snow cover might be disadvantageous. It is ready to be harvested by early July.

Hard winter wheats have a higher gluten protein content than other wheats. They are used to make flour for yeast breads, or are blended with soft spring wheats to make the all-purpose flour used in a wide variety of baked products. Soft wheat is used for speciality or cake flour. Durum, the hardest wheat, is primarily used for making pasta.

Winter wheat is grown throughout Europe, North America, and in northern Asia.

(Source: Wikipedea)

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