Monday 21st of February 2011 08:00 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
The little dollops of blue in the wheat field looked like Hansel and Gretel had dropped bits of cotton candy to mark their way to grandmother's house.
Just like the fairytale brother and sister's dropping of breadcrumbs, the Kanza Co-op was marking the path. It wasn't the way to Grandma's house, but it was to show where they been and guide them to where they were going next. On Friday, crews sprayed a combination of liquid nitrogen fertilizer and Finesse herbicide on some of our wheat fields.
Just like Hansel and Gretel, Randy is hoping for a happy ending. If we get a little of the rain forecast for later in the week, the rain will incorporate the mixture into the soil.
On February 11, the wheat field across the road was covered with between 8 and 9 inches of snow. The snow helped insulate the crop from the sub-zero temperatures.
With the quick turnaround of temperatures, the melting snow produced about an inch of moisture for the wheat crop.
There was great debate at the end of the week: Had the 95-degree temperature swing harmed the wheat crop?
If the wheat crop breaks dormancy and then we get a hard freeze, there's a chance for freeze damage. That would drop yields for the summer of 2011 harvest.
Just like in a fairytale, there are a lot of pages between "Once upon a time" and "They lived happily ever after."
The plot thickens. We'll just have to stay tuned to see how the story turns out.