||Lets start off the new year with a general view of the area. Usually
this time of year the wheat is dormant, which means it is not actively growing. From mid
December to early February wheat is resistant to very cold temperatures, so we say wheat
is winterhardy during this time. But it is amazing to see green wheat now, because
normally we would have had enough cold weather to make the wheat plants go into dormancy.
Also, the leaves are usually brown or yellowish-brown and the plants look dead (they
arent dead, but they look it). So, the wheat is probably not as winterhardy as we
would like it to be right now. I have had farmers call me worrying about how green their
wheat is and they are concerned about how warm the daytime temperatures have been. They
wonder if we get some temperatures below 0 F will it hurt the wheat? Go to the next
picture to see the flagged area.
||The wheat between the flags looks about like it did before Christmas. You
can see where Ive been standing and kneeling to take pictures. The greenbugs are
gone now, so we are not seeing any damage symptoms. Lets take a closeup view of the
||Again the wheat plants look like they did last month. Why do you suppose
they havent been growing very much? Although the weather has not been too cold, it
has been cold enough to slow the tillering and growth of the plants to a near stop.
Thats why theres not much difference between last month and now. Also, this
time of the year plants have a prostrate growth, in other words, the plants dont
grow upright, they grow close to the ground. Thats for protection against the
cold(and possible winterkill injury). Lets look at the
||With the soil washed away you can see the crown roots look very good. I
had to have help holding the plant and the roots to show you how long they have grown.
Usually when I pull plants up the roots break off, but this time several roots didnt
break and you can see they are about 9 to 10 inches long.