When I drove past this field I thought of a sickness of the grain, possibly to do with lack of water.
On closer inspection I was baffled rather more than less.
Until I asked a friend who is a miller by trade and was told that this is not ordinary wheat but black emmer wheat – one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world. There are still wild forms in the Middle East but it is very seldom found on fields in Europe these days.
Linked to I’m a fan of … #75. More fanatical photos can be found here.