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general viewAs you can see, we had some rain over the weekend. The rain came hard and fast, so we were fortunate that we planted no-till to reduce erosion. Our field looks pretty good, but from this view I canít see if any soybean plants have emerged yet. Thereís something green growing out there. Letís look to see what it is.

crab grassYikes! Thatís crabgrass and we donít want that growing in our field. However, Iím not too worried because last Friday our farm crew applied a herbicide to get rid of all the weeds that were already growing. So, this crabgrass wonít be around much longer.

general rowTwenty years ago farmers would have said that this field looked "trashy," but now most farmers would say this trash or residue looks great! You can see the rows or strips of soil that arenít covered with as much residueĖthatís where we need to dig to see how our seeds are doing. Letís dig some up.
swollen seedYou can see our seeds have gotten bigger. Why? Well, to germinate the seeds imbibe water, about 50 % of their weight in water to be more precise. This causes the seeds to swell. The water activates the enzymes in the seeds and the germination process begins. The radical or seedling root breaks the seedcoat and starts to grow downward. Letís look at the next picture.
crook neck stageI call this the crookneck stage. The white stem-like structure is the hypocotyl and as it elongates, it pulls the seed or cotyledons up to the surface. Weíll have to wait a couple days to see that happen.

Soybean Scene

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