Thursday, November 5, 2009

Another great day

It was a beautiful day on the farm. When I was driving to the field this morning to start seeding wheat a group of Prairie Chickens, also known as Prairie Grouse, flew out from some grass along a field. Prairie Chicken populations have been steadily increasing over the last few years from low populations. It's very common to see wildlife when I am working in the fields. The most common wildlife seen is deer and turkeys, the population of both animals has grown greatly the past few years.

Wheat planting has resumed. I would have liked to been finished with wheat seeding at least a week ago, but because of rainy weather all field work had ground to a halt. Much of our wheat, 1/3 to 1/2, is seeded into land immediately following soybeans, but because our soybeans were late maturing and then two weeks of rain we are late seeding wheat.

Wheat plants, at least Hard Red Winter Wheat that we grow, has the ability to produce several shoots from the main one. With late seeding it decreases it's ability to do this and we have to use more seed to help compensate. The yield on this wheat will be reduced.

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