The question quickly becomes, should I replant the patches like the one shown below? Or stop looking at it?
The cold hearted agronomist says leave it alone. We have planted wheat in November that sits under 4 months of snow and still makes a decent crop, so why are we worried about wheat that is only had 4 weeks of cold and wet? There are signs of life. But you have to get out of your truck, get down on your hands and knees and look for it.
The emotional farmer says the signs of life are pretty faint and the bare patches are pretty big. What have I got to lose? Just some time, which I don't have much of. Some diesel fuel and they make that every day. Some seed, which is still in the drill. Why not? I don't want my wheat field to look like this in the spring, and by the way, I am paying a lot to rent this farm.
The emotional farmer says I want to do my very best to grow an excellent crop. I don't want my neighbours to think I am a lousy farmer. I have to try.
The cold hearted agronomist says fine, go ahead, have fun while you drive the drill in circles. As he walks away he thinks to himself, the neighbours are already starting to believe you are a lousy farmer. If you replant those patches they will know for sure.
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