On a cloudy Oct 10th 2021, the staff at Barrington Plantation State Historic Site (focusing on the American South in the 1840-50s; see previous post) did the sowing of their winter wheat on site.
Wheat sowing at Barrington Plantation
They used the old variety `Red May´, donated from Palouse Colony Farm.
Red May wheat in cultivation at Barrington Plantation
In accordance with the time period, the sowing was done by hand using aprons or a sling to carry the seeds.
Broadcasting the Red May wheat
After sowing, the seeds were harrowed in with a team of oxen and using once more a historic A-frame harrow.
Harrowing in the seeds with a wooden A-frame harrow