What he chose to do with much of it was cut the tops off so we can use the wheat berries for flour for bread, pasta etc. Then he cut the wheat straw off with a scythe and mowed the rest with the lawn mower so it was close to the ground. The roots remain in the soil and he plants between them. Did I say that we cut the wheat heads off with scissors?
This is what the garden looks like after the wheat straw has been cut down to a few inches. James says the ground is pretty loose between the rows so all he has to do is hoe between them and plant.
This breaks the wheat berries out of their shells or chaff. I separate what straw I can and scoop up the wheat and chaff and put it into a cooler of water. There the wheat berries fall to the bottom of the cooler and I can remove the chaff and other unwanted stuff. I wash the wheat pretty well then dry it on a large countertop. When it's dry I pack it up and put it in the freezer till I'm ready to use it.
When I'm done my job the clean up crew comes in.
Winter wheat plantings help recover soil fertility by essentially dredging up nitrogen and other nutrients that have leached into deep soil layers. As winter wheat grows, roots absorb these nutrients and move them internally toward their aboveground leaves. Tilling winter wheat into soil in spring places these nutrients in the root zone of new vegetable plantings.