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field has really turned colors in the past week. You donít
notice it until you compare pictures from a
week ago. This indicates the grain is filling and is in late
milk stage (Feekes stage 11.1) or early dough stage (Feekes stage
in the row are still healthy. Iím amazed the flag leaves are
still green. You can see why I donít think our field is going to
yield very well ..... notice how few stems there are in this yard
of row. Thatís not good.
head looks good. You can see the spikelets have enlarged and the
head appears blocky. That means the kernels are filling well, so
they should be larger this year. Also, if you look closely you can
see three kernels filling within a spikelet.
kernel is about 19 or 20 days old. That corresponds with early
dough stage (Feekes stage 11.2). The kernel is still green, but it
will start losing its color within a few days. If a disease killed
the flag leaf today, yields would be reduced by 8 to 10 %.
Obviously, the further advanced the kernels are when the flag leaf
is lost reduces the damaging effect and the longer the flag leaf
remains healthy helps grain yields.