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May 3


Our field is making progress. Itís not as far behind developmentally as it general-viewwas. Compare this yearís field with the field last year. Unfortunately, our field was thin last fall and itís still thin. I donít think our field ever had a good chance for tiller development. Any tillers the plants have were formed this spring. Thatís what happens when you plant late in the fall like we did.

closeup-rowThe plants in the row continue to get taller. It appears they are about 15 to 17 inches tall. Thereís something different about them, donít you think?

secondnodeOne thing thatís different is the stem has at least two nodes now. This plant is in Feekes stage 7 (two nodes visible). My fingers are between the first and second node. Do you see them both? The first or lower node is about two inches below my fingers and the second node is about an inch above my fingers.
flagearlybootLetís look at another plant because we have plants in different stages of development. This past week our field developed rapidly. We went through two stages in less than a week. This plant is in Feekes stage 9. We missed Feekes stage 8, but donít worry Iíll tell you about it. That upper leaf is the flag leaf and when you first see emerge thatís Feekes stage 8, but now that it is fully emerged itís in Feekes stage 9. Do you see the first leaf below the flag leaf and how swollen the stem is? Why, you ask? Thatís where the wheat head is. It will probably be out so that we can see it by next week.


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