Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ripening Barley

 The road to harvest is getting shorter as we march into July.
The AdFarm barley is maturing  steadily. 
Until the combines have finished their job and the trucks have hauled the barley to the bin, we have nothing but a beautiful barley field. 
Getting too excited about a crop in the field is like counting your chickens before they hatch. But I must admit, this barley looks nice from bottom to top.
There is no leaf disease. 
The stand is thick. 
Green, but maturing, the barley heads are large and filling up with kernels. 
The barley is waist to chest high on Farmer Fred.  He reminds everyone that this crop is still at risk from high winds, heavy rain, or hail. The more mature that the heads become, the heavier. The weight causes stress on the straw.
Maturation of the barley will depend on weather. If we continue to be hot and dry, the barley may ripen by late July in GriggsDakota.

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