We got a little sprinkle last night (0.25"), but not enough to do much good. Just enough
to make it very humid. But at this time of year weíll take any rain that we can get.
Our field is still looking good. It has been very warm and it is suppose to get warmer
later in the week.
The plants in our row have grown. There are enough leaves that you canít see if the
plants are still flowering without pulling the leaves back. You can see the
soil appears to be moist.
Our first plant is still flowering, but I donít see any pods yet. I think
the high temperatures and lack of rain have affected the plantís ability to
produce pods. You have to realize that about 60 to 70 percent of all the
flowers never produce pods and if the weather isnít cooperating that percentage
can go higher. Because the plant will flower for several more weeks if we
get some more rain and cooler weather those flowers will produce
Our second plant is still going strong. Vegetatively, it is now in the V12 stage,
but it is getting close to the R3 stage. The R3 stage is when you can see tiny pods
at the four highest nodes. I donít see any pods here either. From the time you see
a flower it takes about 10 to 14 days before you can see a pod. So, if you add it
up we should be seeing pods any day now. Remember, we saw our first flowers on the 6th.
This pod is about 3/16 of an inch long. If this pod was on our other two plants
I would say they were in the R3 stage.