Saturday, 5 June 2010

We have grain

And here it is, at the watery ripe to early milk stage (GS71-73) with the anther still visible.

Weather conditions are excellent for the the grain filling process; there is plenty of moisture in the soil and warm, bright days to encourage rapid transpiration.

Warm weather enables flowering to take place quickly which means the glumes are open for a short period of time reducing the time the flower structure is exposed to pathogens such as fusarium sp. The result is we should see less fusarium on the developing ear although I will still go with an ear wash.