Thursday, June 16, 2011

Canola 2011 Emerging

It's hard to believe that in a matter of weeks the tiny seedlings will be waist high. Eyes on the foreground of the boot. Search for green. That is canola.
There are lots of weeds in the field, too. And more than enough moisture.
But we were looking for canola and we found it. Smiling farmers.
The weed problem will need to be addressed which brought to mind one of my all time favorite jingles. This one is going to date me, an oldie but a goodie. 
Sneaky wild oats out in your fields, 
Sneaky wild oats, stealing your yields,
Hit 'em with Carbine, the wild oats fighter, 
Get 'em with Carbine, the wild oats fighter.
You can be thankful that you didn't have to hear me sing that jingle. Grandpa Sonny and Farmer Fred were not so lucky. The melody allows for lots of power and heart, plus, volume is my specialty. We don't use Carbine in GriggsDakota anymore, but we will need to control the wild oats out here.
We often plant canola in late April or early May. This year, we debated about planting it at all, but decided that we would, based on air  and soil temperatures. The first hurdle is emergence and that looks good.
The tiny canola seeds are planted approximately half an inch deep. If the soil dries up and forms a crust on top, the plant struggles to emerge and there is nothing that the farmer can do to help the tiny seed under the crust of earth.
Now that it is green, it will grow and eventually flower. The air temperature will need to be under 85 degrees Fahrenheit during flowering for optimum production.
And Farmer Fred will get to work to stomp out the wild oats so our little crop can flourish.

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