I figured that everybody was probably sitting on the edges of their seats, or pacing back and forth in anticipation waiting for an update on how my wheat was growing, so I decided to go out and take some pictures so nobody would have to explain why they wore a groove in their floor with a bunch of apprehensive pacing.
Just to jog my memory, here's a picture taken about two weeks ago.
|23 March 2014|
|6 April 2014|
|Wheat in Bio Char - 6 April 2014|
For what its worth, this spot has also been sprayed with glyphosate to control weeds and bermuda grass a few times over the years.
About 5 years ago, I planted about 2 acres of conventional canola to see if I could figure out how to grow the stuff, and quickly learned that conventional canola is almost impossible to grow around here and there is a reason they came out with RoundupReady canola. Even though some steers ended up grazing that field of canola and I was hesitant to try growing it again, I had a little seed left from that experiment and I have been using it little by little as a cover crop in my gardens. In the garden, it's a relatively easy crop to grow, and in the spring all those yellow blooms are out there with their siren calls trying to tempt me into trying once again to grow it on a larger scale.
This year, we had an early freeze (mid-October?) which killed a lot of canola, then we had a lot of days with single digit lows that killed most of the surviving plants. To remind me why I hadn't tried to grow it again, I took a picture of my entire "crop" of canola in the garden. I'm glad I didn't plant an entire field of canola last fall.
|My Entire Canola "Crop"|