Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watching the Winter Wheat

 It is two months since we planted Winter Wheat in GriggsDakota. 
 Now it has established and has a light snow cover.
The sky was marshmallowy on the day I drove by the field and I had trouble focusing on the ground. 
 It has been cold, but we are hopeful that the Winter Wheat is fine in the warm soil under its light snow blanket.
 I daydream for a while, thinking of other times that I have checked this field. Winter Wheat was fascinating on the Summer day in the photo above. The Farm Inspector was just beginning her job of looking things over and checking everything out. 
 Winter Wheat sprouts in the Fall, then lives in a semi-dormant state through the Winter. In the Spring it will sprout and grow, if it is undamaged by the Winter Cold. We have had good success, but it is far from a sure thing that the Wheat will survive. As the temperature drops, it will need deeper snow cover to hold the soil heat in. Without snow cover, the roots of the Winter Wheat will freeze.
Winter Wheat is tough and it produces a tough straw and a husk that holds onto its kernel. That makes it the best choice for wheat weaving and crafting. 
The Winter wind and cold has been relentless in November, but so far so good in the Winter Wheat fields of GriggsDakota.

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