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It’s all hands on deck when it comes time to seed as anyone near a farm knows. So, I helped prepare seed for plot planting the other day.

One wheat trial weighed, tagged and bagged. Ready for planting.

One wheat trial weighed, tagged and bagged. Ready for planting.

We weighed wheat into brown envelopes – 122.2 grams per envelope. That’s right down to one or two seeds by weight. Then the envelopes get organized by trial and treatment according to the number on the envelope – 102, 202, 302, 402.

Next the envelopes get sorted into planting order: 102, 202, 302, 402 flip; 403, 303, 203, 103 flip; 104, 204, 304, 404, flip; all the way to 119, 219, 319, 419. Once clamped together in sets of four, the every envelope gets a number (1, 2, 3… up to 78) and each set gets an arrow to designate whether its goes into the seeder cone while travelling up the field or down.

Randi  Ashbacher feeding the plot seeder during 2015 planting.

Randi Ashbacher feeding the plot seeder during 2015 planting. Note the tin box in front of her with seed envelopes.

 

 

 

For example, this is Randi (2015 summer student) sitting on the plot seeder. Note the tin box with seed envelopes in front of her. She takes one package of four envelops – 102, 202, 302 and 402. As the seeder travels north (making that up), you drop the seed into the cone in that order. When you get to the end of the plots, the seeder turns around and heads south and you grab the envelope set numbered 403, 303, 203, 103.

The first and final sets of envelopes are boarder crop and, in this case, oats. That’s one set up and it’s 78 envelops of 122.2 grams of wheat seed. One trial out of about 90 for 2016.

Last week we did a peel and wash day for the tags. Five of us stood around tables, removed the tags from the plastic stakes, removed the labels from the tags and sent the tags to the washer. Just doing that took about two hours. Lucky me, I missed putting new labels on the tags.

 


Created April 20, 2016 | Category: Farming Smarter

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