Thursday, May 31, 2012

AdFarm 2012: Barley Tillering

There are eyes peering over the shelter belt. 
The cloudy skies provide endless opportunity for imagination. 
The AdFarm barley field does not require an imagination. The dark green color tells us that it is flourishing.
The rain and cool weather have really perked up the grassy leaves. 
Was the barley damaged by our hot May weather? The answer is: probably, at least a little. The heat, which arrived during the early stages of development after the barley had emerged, will likely reduce tillering. Reduced tillering means reduced yield. Tillering is the process by which grasses send out root shoots to produce additional plants. It is how grasses spread. Barley, which is a grass, typically sends out roots from the plant growing from seed to become up to five additional plants. The plants head out and produce grain.
There is thick growth in this field. Farmer Fred is still optimistic. It is not a perfect world, even for barley. Weather is always an issue in GriggsDakota. 
For now the barley needs cool sunshine with a breeze which will reduce the opportunity for disease and insects to move into the field. 
To the West, there is peace in the valley of GriggsDakota.

1 comment:

  1. This seems like a nice place to find peace and serenity, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Is there a cabin or cottages nearby that one I can rent just in case?