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Winter wheat and static elec.

 

 

Even the irrigated winter wheat is damaged by constant wind and dirt in the 60 mph level.

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Re: Winter wheat and static elec.

Maybe  Ken Burns documentary Dust Bowl did have merrit --- 

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Re: Winter wheat and static elec.

Gotta be tough on the eyes and lungs
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Re: Winter wheat and static elec.

Valley fever.

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Re: Winter wheat and static elec.

Humility replaces lung capacity -------- over time.   If you stay that long.

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Re: Winter wheat and static elec.

Palouser,

 

I had to smile at that comment.  It takes us a while to put together a group picture like this one --------- Is common in the south central California valleys ------------- Not sure that is what you meant , but was my first thought.

 

That camper caught in the middle, made me wonder if weedman was ok?  March winds in this area can catch a snowbird by suprise.  Seems like we are going to have this for two months.  

 

There was a trailer load of horses in the middle of it that had to be cut out of their trailer--- neighbor said.

 

The real culprit here is not the wind or the amount of it ---- which is way above normal.  The real problem is the late freezes last spring.  We had four hard freezes after our normal last frost date (April 15-20).  The worst was middle of May when we spent more than 12 hours below 17*F.  

At the time wheat was 10 to 14 inches high and starting to boot.  It burned brown and shot some "sucker" heads.  Enough we had to harvest some of it.  But the problems for this year were established.  Not enough stubble or plant strength to hold the ground through a rough winter, and not enough subsoil moisture to survive as continuous crop wheat planted back.

 

We should always learn the most when things are at their worst.  But I have a greater understanding of the 30's and 50's in this region.  Many just get weary of the education process.  Most of the time we are wrong to some degree in our decisions, but when the cost of a mistake is great we find out who can handle life without pride.

When we are dry we need to plant something every time it rains.  It will fail as a crop but not as cover. 

The old idea of waiting for a full profile to plant a crop fits somewhere, but not here and not now.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Winter wheat and static elec.

Huge parcels of mono culture just might -could be part of the problem now would it ?  

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explain k-289,  Too many wheat acres?  Too many formula farmers?  

 

Help me with "mono-culture".

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You need to have an explanation - really --- 

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We came thru about the 8th of March. Fully intened to stop and see you Kansas guys, but Grandma was needing a grandkid fix. Stayed in Scott City, got there late and left early. If you remember back at least that far north the weather changed that night and week awoke to about 2 in of snow and a stiff nw wind.. About 25 F. That was a rude awakenjng after leaving 80 F. Anyway,  don't pull our home, we have a little park model and we were really glad we were in our little Honda CRV that morning. I still would like to stop and visit, maybe this fall. Anyway I do understand your problem of blowing dust. We've even had tumbleweeds smashing us pretty good.

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