Cereals at the Mill - 2019

This year one side of the cage will be growing a display of "Wheats of the World". Additional information and photographs are available by selection the appropriate option below.

The second display demonstrates a four-course rotation intended as a modern version of the original Norfolk rotation. This has four plots growing beans as an alternative legume to the clover, wheat, potatoes in place of the turnips, and barley. Modern crop rotations are influenced by crop economics and can include alternative crops such as oil-seed rape, potatoes, maize, peas, carrots and parsnips. The rotation may be longer or occasionally shorter than four years.
Additional information on the displays grown in previous years is available below.

Wheats of the World

Information on some of the rarer species of wheat that were originally grown more commonly around the world.

Crop Rotation

A display of the traditional Norfolk four-course crop rotation of clover, wheat, turnips and barley.

Common Cereals

Some information on the common cereals of wheat, barley and oats, and on the more uncommon rye and spelt.

The Evolution of Wheat

A guide to the evolution of modern wheat from the early wild wheat and goat grasses.

Varieties of Bread Wheat

A selection of six varieties to show variations in plant height and the colour and type of the seed spike or ear.

The Role of Genes in Modern Bread Wheat

A description of how height reducing genes have been used to produce the shorter modern wheat.