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April 6

 

general-viewOur field is doing well now, relatively speaking. The wheat is rather thin and there are gaps or spaces between plants. Personally, I donít think our field is going to produce very many bushels of seed. But weíll have to wait and see. Letís see how our field looked last year at this time.


The plants are tillering well now, but I think our wheatís growth is behind closeup-rownormal. I donít mean compared to last year, because the wheat never went dormant during the winter last year and matured quite early. Last year at this time the wheat had started to joint (Feekes stage 6). Jointing is when the growing point or wheat head moves above the soil surface. Weíll see this in our wheat in a few weeks.


I pulled up a plant to take a peek at its root system. This plant hardly has any roots at all. I donít know how to explain that. Thatísroots probably the reason our plants havenít been tillering very well up until now. Do you notice anything wrong with the leaves? Do you see those blotches on the leaves? Thatís a foliar or leaf disease of wheat called tan spot. Tan spot is common in continuous wheat fields and if you will remember wheat was in this field last year. So, Iím not surprised that we have tan spot.
1stplant1Our single plant must be feeling good, because it is producing tillers like crazy. There must be six or seven tillers now. The stems are beginning to grow upright now. This plant would be in Feekes stage 4 now.

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