Saturday, September 26, 2009

Seeding Winter Wheat

Above:  It is time to start seeding winter wheat. The drill is ready and waiting in the field. 
Above:  The trucks containing winter wheat seed and fertilizer are backed into place to fill the drill.
Above:  Everyone arrives and the process gets underway. 
Above:  Jim will seed into canola stubble. The wheat will germinate and grow this fall before freeze up. The canola stubble will help to catch snow throughout the cold season ahead. The snow provides a blanket which holds the warmth in the ground and around the established plant roots. The blanket is critical in allowing the winter wheat to survive through the cold.

Above:  Jim has seeded the portion in the foreground and you can see the work the drill has done. Notice that a little dust is raised in the dry top soil as the shovels dig to prepare the seed bed. Seed bed is critical for the the wheat to get a healthy start this fall.
Above:  The tanks on the front of the drill hold the seed and fertilizer. The drill allows the seed to be planted and places fertilizer nearby to provide early nourishment as it establishes. Some of this fertilizer will be available to the plant next spring when it begins its second period of growth.
Above:  It is often windy here and the snow tends to pile up in drifts. The straw can stop and hold the snow as it falls or blows by to provide the best protection for the wheat during our coldest sub-zero temperatures.
Above:  On the summery day in September it is difficult to imagine that the temperature could be 120 degrees Fahrenheit colder than it is today, but such are the seasons in GriggsDakota.

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