Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat Facts 2021

Maxine Wheat Field Map 2021 · Weatherbury Farm 2021 Grain Tracker

Maxine Wheat Fields 2021

In 2021 Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat was grown in Independence Township on 2 fields totaling 4.43 acres on the farm established by Robert Leggett in 1815. Leggett had holdings totally 585 acres in the area and raised 1000 sheep. In addition to being a farmer, he was a breeder and dealer of 1st class Spanish sheep (Merino).  Today the farm still raises sheep. Weatherbury Farm transitioned this land from conventional in 2013; it was certified organic in 2015.

The wheat was planted on November 4,2020 .

Clover was frost seeded into the grain on  March 8,2021.  (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the grain, increases soil organic matter, and eventually provides nitrogen to the next crop.)

The Maxine Wheat  was harvested on  July 15,2021.

At the 2021 Washington County  Fair, the Maxine wheat sheaf won third place and the jar of Maxine grains also won third place.  In 2012, the jar of Maxine Grains won Best of Show/Judge’s Choice.

For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour, visit the from seed to flour page.

More information on Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat below the pictures!

September 4 2020

Preparing field to plant Maxine Wheat • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

Preparing the seed bed.  Plowing followed by harrowing.  Harrowing smooths the field so there is a smooth surface to plant the seed.

November 4 2020

Planting Maxine Wheat • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

As luck would have it, we had to repair the oil cooler and fan on our tractor, so there was a bit of time between plowing the field and planting it.

Notice, that the planter also has a harrow behind it to smooth the ground.

March 8 2021

Maxine Wheat after Winter • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

Maxine Wheat after winter.  This was the day the field was frost seeded with clover.

Interesting fact:  the farmers walk between 30 and 40 miles per year spinning clover on the grain fields.

June 27 2021

Maxine Wheat 6.27.21 • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

The Maxine Wheat 3 1/2 months later.

July 4 2021

Maxine Wheat 7.4..21 • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

The Maxine Wheat continues to grow and mature.

Bread Flour in the field!

July 11 2021

Maxine-Harvest-7.11.22 • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

The Weather forecast was 20% chance of rain — so we set out to harvest the Maxine Wheat.

July 11 2021

Maxine Harvest Storm Clouds • Weatherbury Farm Grain Tracker 2021

But then, as you can see, rain clouds gathered and a downpour ensued.  We had 7/8 inch of rain in about a 1/2 hour.

The grain was once again dry enough to harvest, so we finished harvesting on the 15th.

About Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat

Maxine is a fairly modern German variety and it is well adapted to growing in the northeast.

Products Milled from Maxine Hard Red Winter WheatBread Flour made from Maxine Wheat · Weatherbury Farm

Maxine Wheat is milled into organic, unbleached whole and sifted  bread flour.  With very good baking properties, the flour is used by bakers for all types of leavened, unleavened & sourdough baked goods.

Bread, made with Weatherbury’s Bread Flour, ground from Maxine wheat, has been called “life affirming” by eater. com.

Health benefits of Wheat

Wheat is an excellent source of protein, dietary fibers, manganese and selenium.  Wheat’s fiber boosts the digestive process and improves overall metabolism.  The vitamin B content of wheat provides you with energy.  Additionally, the complex carbohydrates in wheat keeps you feeling fuller longer and give you energy over a longer period.

Managanese, which wheat is rich in, acts as a co-factor for greater than 300 enzymes  involved in the production of insulin and glucose secretion.  Wheat’s betaine content  prevents chronic inflammation, which is a key constituent in rheumatic pains and diseases.  Additionally, its anti-inflammatory property reduces the risk of  ailments like osteoporosis, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline, and type-2 diabetes.

More Information

Bread flour (milled from Maxine Wheat) can be ordered either for our monthly on-farm pickup or you can have your order sent to you.

To read more about bread flour (milled from Maxine Wheat), please visit our products page.

More information on Maxine Hard Red Winter Wheat and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm are on the grains we grow page.