Grain in warm evening light
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The last few evenings we were drawn out into the cornfields around Steinbeck. Barley, wheat and rye are about to be harvested, rye and barley are already bending down. The cover picture shows an ear of barley in the warm evening light. Typical are the long awns that characterize the barley. The rye is a little different. Although it also tends downwards as it ripens, it has only short and, above all, equally long awns, as the following picture shows:

Rye grain
Rye grain with short awns

 

Typical, because up to the harvest the wheat is upright and without or sporadic short awns:

Wheat-head
Wheat-head