Growing wheat means
working within the seasons of the year. September is the beginning
of the crop year on Brandon Plantation, a Virginia wheat farm.
Farm manager, Courtney Price explains that this is the time to
plant wheat. Planting wheat is the beginning of the year.
The wheat is planted
between the harvest of two other crops, corn and soybeans. Spring
is corn-planting time on Brandon Plantation. The soybeans are
planted in late June and early July after the wheat is harvested.
Courtney likes to
watch the wheat grow through the winter and spring. He watches
for problems in the wheat as it grows. If there are problems such
as disease or insects, he works to correct them. He adds fertilizer
when needed to make the plants grow better and faster.
In December, January,
and February the farmer does more than watch the wheat grow. He
repairs equipment and goes to meetings to learn the latest ways
to do his job. When the weather gets warm, he is ready for the
work the growing season brings.
The wheat is harvested
in June after it has turned an amber color and the heads have
swelled with mature kernels. Courtney uses a combine to harvest