Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tissue Samples

Today Bill is taking plant tissue samples from the crops in GriggsDakota.
We found Bill in a nearby barley field.
He takes the flag leaf from a barley plant.
And places it in a sample bag where he has written pertinent information on the front.
A visit to the canola field gave us a chance to see that the flowering is nearly done and pods are filling.
Bill also took samples of corn,
beans, and our other crops to send to the lab.
The lab will send us a report similar to this one from last year for each field sample we submit. The nutrient deficiencies are marked in yellow.
Fertilizers are too expensive to waste. We want to be sure we are applying enough to properly nourish our crop, but not too much. The level of nutrients in the plant tissue of the crop is an indicator of what the ground needs to be productive in the future.
Scientific data is an important tool in the decisions Farmer Fred makes in GriggsDakota. 
As we were leaving this field we noticed this nest on the ground. Field visits are full of surprises. You never know what is hatching in GriggsDakota.

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