Friday, April 5, 2013

Hayden Takes A Break

Recently Liam was seen hard at work in Grandpa's headquarters.

Hayden who has been overwhelmed of late, informed his little brother that it was Liam's turn to answer the agronomy question for the week. 

Liam did not want the responsibility.  He called in his father to help.  Hayden realized this was a mistake, but there was nothing he could do to stop it.
What was the question that demanded attention?  
Old man winter is overstaying his welcome and getting on people's nerves.  Wheat and forage producers have been asking about the state of their wheat and alfalfa crops. Some investigating was required.
On Wednesday morning Brian put on his insulated coveralls and headed out to a local wheat field.  This field was planted in late October and does not have a lot of top on it.

He dug some plants and brought them inside.  48 hours of 20 degree warmth brought them to life as seen below.

Lots of new vigorous growth.  A warm rain would bring this field to life.  That would be the time to apply some nitrogen.  Until then keep the applicators parked. 

He also went to a alfalfa field planted in 2012 that was harvested late in the fall and never had the chance to re-grow.

 These same plants 48 hours later looked like this.

A different alfalfa field that is entering its third year of production was also investigated.

Similar results were observed in this case as well.  Lots of new bud growth.
Based on the three fields surveyed, it appears the winter was easier on the plants than it was on the growers' nerves.  This makes sense because in the St Marys area we have been snow covered until just recently.  This usually gives our overwintering crops a comfortable environment to spend the winter in.

Hayden, you can now relax because your dad did a pretty good job.

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