On Saturday afternoon the wheat looked almost ready to combine – it had turned golden brown and the heads were bent over.
Bill picked a few heads and took them back to the farm to test the moisture level.
The grains were ground up, compressed and connected to the Marconi moisture meter. At 15% moisture, the wheat can be stored safely but if it's much wetter it will have to be dried. After testing, Bill decreed the crop was ready, so at 3pm yesterday the combine drove into the fields at Little Dunmow and by 12.45am had cut 90 acres. The wheat was brought back to the grain store and heaped up overnight and then from 7.30 this morning was loaded into lorries and taken up to the central co-operative grain store.