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February 28

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We’ve had a little over 2 inches of rain this past week, so there’s no powdery soil now. The daytime and nighttime temperatures have been about 20 degrees above normal. This weather is like April and the forecast is for warm weather all this week!! No wonder the wheat is starting to grow and it looks so green. But, this weather is too warm and the wheat is greening up too early. The nitrogen fertilizer that was topdressed several weeks ago is being used. That’s why the plants look dark green. Let’s take a closer look at some plants.

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The plants are losing their prostrate growth that they had a few weeks ago. Notice the leaves are becoming more erect. That’s what happens in the spring. The plants will continue to tiller (produce more stems) for the next month, as long as there’s good soil moisture and the temperatures are not too hot. As the plants grow bigger, they become more vulnerable to freezing temperatures, especially when their growth is ahead of schedule. So, let’s hope it doesn’t get too cold. Now, let’s look at the roots.

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I had to use a shovel to see the roots. With all the rain we had last week, you can see the roots are awfully muddy now. The plants aren’t complaining about the mud!

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The roots have been washed and I think there are more roots than the last time we checked. What do you think? It is very hard to save all the roots when plants are dug up and the roots washed.

 

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