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February 13, 2012

Frosty Morning-Frozen Ground-28 Is Going Down

Well really it is applied but Frosty Morning-Frozen Ground-28 Is Being Applied just didn't really have the rythym or roll off the tongue like my title!!!

Frosty winter wheat!

We raise a small amount of winter wheat so that we have acreage to spread manure on during the summer.  It is planted in the fall, we usually choose as close to The Hession Fly Free Date as possible.  Winter wheat sprouts and starts growing during the fall and then goes into hibernation for the winter.  Topdressing the wheat with nitrogen just before the wheat begins to grow again in the spring, or break dormancy, allows the plants to have the nutrients they need as the crop enters a phase of rapid growth (early spring), without running the risk of losing the nutrients over the winter, or promoting unneeded growth of the plant too early, which could cause the wheat to go down/fall before harvest.  So we try to have the 28 put on towards the end of January at the earliest but while the ground is frozen, or dry enough to carry the applicator, which in our area is highly unlikely. ("28" refers to the amount of nitrogen in the fertilizer, 28% by weight)

This year the wheat is around our house (my favorite field) so I went back on a waterway to take some pictures of him applying with our house in the background!
Interesting - the booms on this sprayer are approx. 120 feet, our house is 90 feet from front to back - I find it so amazing that the booms are longer than our house!

Early summer we will probably have this wheat aerial sprayed with fungicide as well.


  1. I always like to see winter wheat because it it green in the winter. We always plant a few acres for straw in the barns.

  2. Ed would die happy if he had a spray rig that large.