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had a sprinkling of rain last night, but we could use a little
more and it is considerably cooler than it has been the past few
days. Overall our field looks pretty good, of course Iím already
disappointed how it is going to yield. We donít have stripe
rust, the one leaf disease that is giving farmers fits in
southern Kansas. Stripe rust is a new disease for Kansas. We see
it every now and then, but this year it is a serious disease.
plants appear to be healthy .... notice all those green leaves.
You donít always see such nice, green, healthy leaves at this
time of year. That will help our seed yields, but like I said
before, the yields wonít be too good.
I was looking at the heads in our row I noticed some anthers had
recently emerged from the florets. But I think they had actually
flowered several days ago, but the anthers never emerged. Letís
look at how the kernels have grown this week. (You can see the
clouds in the background; thatís why this isnít one of the
better pictures Iíve taken this year!!)
this kernel has really grown compared to the one we looked at on
Monday. Iíd say this kernel is about 8, maybe 9 days old and is
almost its full size. Iíd say this kernel is in Feekes stage
10.5.4 (which means the kernels have a watery substance inside).
Letís look at some kernels from last
year in the same stage.