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are moving now! Our field is definitely starting to mature.
Although, there's still a lot of green there– that's from late
tillers. Compare what our field looked like last
week. Also, you might want to compare what the wheat looked
year at this same time. We've had about 4 inches of rain since
last Friday. So, things are looking good. I'm a little worried
that fields in northern Kansas may have lodging
problems associated with all the rain. (Lodging is when the plants
fall down and no plants are standing upright. This causes yield
reductions and harvest problems.) I've heard reports from southern
Kansas that wheat harvest has just started in a few fields today.
in our row still appear to be in good shape, however the lower
leaves are turning brown. When do you think we will be able to
harvest our field? I think it will be at least two weeks.
still impressed with the number of kernels in a spikelet. As you
can see, there are four kernels in some spikelets. With the thin
stand we have in our field wheat plants compensate for fewer
tillers by producing more kernels per head and heavier kernels.
That's what our plants are trying to do.
kernel is about 28 days old. It is still in the dough stage
(Feekes stage 11.2), but the kernel is losing its green color and
becoming more tan. If the temperatures get as warm as they are
predicted to be, by this time next week the kernels will have lost
almost all their green color. I'm amazed our field has been in the
dough stage for so long (I'm beginning to think I made a mistake
in staging the field back in the milk stage, Feekes 11.1. I think
it was in the milk stage longer than I thought.) But with the cool
weather we've had the wheat moves through its development much
slower and that makes the kernels heavier, which of course, is a