Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The Effects of Stress While Trying to Reproduce!!
Several times a day, I slip off my old farmer shoes and slip into my black, knee high mud boots. They're the type firemen use with no shoes required. They are very comfortable. I then get on my old four wheeled ATV and usually head down this field road first. Here, it's about 6 A.M. and the heavy dew has wet things down pretty good. I'm on my to visit my irrigation wells and change the gates. Gates are the plastic and rubber mechanisms in the aluminum irrigation pipes. You can slide the gate open and water will come out. We are in trouble on the farms in this area. Tomorrow's high temp is to be 105 degrees with winds around 30 mph. That will be a very costly day for those of us with already stressed corn. Some of the corn is still in the pollination phase. Ideal for pollination is 92 degrees or less. The hot winds can dry the silks and cause one side of the ear to be barren.
Although barren is a good thing when you're 56 years of age... it's not good in the cornfield.
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