The Alford Image Library
Jim Talbot Year: 2009Rolling Cereals at Whitehouse
Lord Arthur's Hill forms the backdrop for this scene. Contrast this photograph with an earlier one showing rolling using a horse drawn roller. Rolling cereal or grass seed is crucial to successful germination. As the seed is compressed plant hormones called gibberellins are released which trigger the process of germination in the seed. Rolling also consolidates the soil around the seed and rolled soil tends to have fewer weeds sprouting as competitors to the crop.
Picture added on 21 April 2009