Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Seeding has finally started at WTARC, Conrad!

We are happy to say we have a wonderful sunny warm day today in Conrad, and the seeding conditions are perfect!
Here are some first field work pictures of the 2014 growing season.

Our re-vamped no-till drill: brand new packer wheels and brand new paired row triple shoot openers from VW Manufacturing Ltd. The system allows for both dry and liquid fertilizer application at the time of seeding. The precise fertilizer placement helps to keep fertilizers away from the seed, to minimize seed damage and cause germination issues. On the other hand, the fertilizer products are close enough to the seeds, so that developing roots have easy access to the necessary nutrition right from the start of plant development.


Research Assistant, Deb Miller, is preparing seed and fertilizer amounts required for each research plot.

GPS-equipped recently purchased tractor. The new set-up and the tank for at-seeding application of liquid fertilizer products has been stalled by Research Associate, Robin Christiaens.

Preparing for seeding at the Knees location, east of Brady, MT - thanks goes to Jack Patton and the family for continuous cooperation and support of precision nutrient management research at Montana State University.

Some very obvious frost damage on winter wheat at the Knees, MT. It will recover fine, since winter wheat is pretty resilient to early season frost.

Some serious late season frost damage in wheat from 1969 is shown below!

Typical symptoms of frost injury:
1) Just after exposure to frost or cold, leaf tips or entire leaves appear water soaked and dark green. Sometimes the entire field turns a purplish color. One or two days later the leaves dry out and turn brown.
2) Horizontal bands of alternating yellow and green leaf tissue often occurs when cold nights are followed by warm days. This is called the "Rugby Stocking" effect
3) Stem constriction beneath nodes
4) Empty and bleached white heads

Monday, April 21, 2014

WERA-103 meeting pictures - Maui, Hawaii, March 2014

WERA-103 Multi-state meeting

Western Nutrient Management and Water Quality WERA 103
 (Western Education/Extension and Research Activities) group has met in March in Maui, Hawaii.

Here are some pictures from the agricultural tour! 



University of Hawaii Sugarcane Research Plot Tour



 Intensive vegetable farming operation, Kula
 (Onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage)