Perhaps you recognize “amber waves of grain” as a lyric in the most popular of US patriotic songs, “America the Beautiful.” But what does it mean? The phrase describes a field of wheat which is ready to harvest. If you’ve found yourself driving among Shelby County’s country roads during the last few months, you’ve seen this wheat growing, like tall grass, and slowly changing from green to its current golden color, now ready for harvest.

There’s more to wheat than one might think. Not all wheat is not the same. First, wheat can be separated into 2 categories: winter wheat and spring wheat.

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