|Only a small area of spelt remains|
Essentially all of the wheat is gone.
Whole plots were flattened earlier and have not recovered. Areas have been trampelled, and much has been devoured right off the stalks.
The ground squirrels have taken much of the crop.
On May 15th, one of them seemed unaware of a visitor, came quite close and demonstrated how he could reach up, pull a wheat plant down, nibble on the seed head and then move on to the next plant.
|Remaining bit of Red Fife|
|Red Fife seed heads|
A small clump of Red Fife remains, but it is more than two weeks from maturity when it can be harvested for wheat. Unfortunately, it appears the squirrels like wheat berries even before they reach the soft dough stage. So their harvest timing is significantly in advance of ours.
Though Maggie's Farm has not been a successful locale for wheat, it is home to some charming critters