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think our field is really kicking it into gear now. With the warm
weather we’ve had lately, it appears to me the wheat is making
up for lost time– it’s speeding up its development.
plants are getting taller. The leaves appear to be healthy– I
can’t find any diseases other than tan spot.
pulled up this plant to look at its stem. I’m looking for nodes
or joints on the stem. A node looks like an elbow or knee joint.
When we see a node we know the growing point or head is above that
node. We’ll need to get closer.
there you have it (the stem on the right). There’s the first
node about an inch above my thumb (If you look up the stem you can
see a swollen area of stem–that’s the node. And if you still
can’t see it, in the background there’s some bare ground, the
node lines up about halfway in the bare ground.) This plant is in
Feekes stage 6 (first node visible).
single plant looks happy as a clam with all of its tillers. You
can see some weeds encroaching into the clear area.