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October 12

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It has been dry since we planted, but I had to see if the seed was starting to germinate. I had to uncover the seed gently so it wouldn’t be damaged. About 1 to 2 inches under the soil surface you can see the seeds have started to germinate. The whitish-green structure pointing upward is the coleoptile. It is a straw-like leaf that grows to the soil surface and stops. The newer leaves will grow up through the coloptile.
October 15, 1999

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A few days later the coleoptiles have grown considerably longer and the seedlings are about to emerge through the soil surface.
October 18, 1999

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A few more days have passed and finally the wheat seedlings have emerged. The wheat should have emerged a little faster because it has been so warm. But we haven’t had any rain, so the soil is very dry as you can see and that is why the wheat was slow emerging. The wheat seedlings look okay, but we are going to need rain so they can keep growing well.
October 21, 1999

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It is very windy today, but now you can see the seedlings have two leaves almost fully extended. The seedlings will really start growing now. It is still very dry and the strong winds are not helping matters. When we see another leaf the plants will start tillering. Tillering is simply the plant producing more stems.

 

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