So this past week the last plot at the NCRS was harvested. And just like that the plot season was over. But now the data summary begins. Then the interpretation. Then the writing of the Research Report. And hopefully some new discoveries about new and existing products.
So who is that taking a sample from a harvested plot of corn? Pink coat give it away?
Then they are lifted out of the ground....by a lifter. There is a scale on the lifter to determine yield. That's Tim on the back entering the data, while taking samples and putting them in those white bags. These samples will be analyzed for %sugar and other quality measurements.
So here is something I am not happy about. Canada Geese have selected one of our wheat fields on Farm 12 as a hotel and buffet. There are hundreds of them. There are quarry lakes in the area that they like, and this is the nearest wheat. Well there are no research plots here, but I don't like it. I haven't seen them on our actual research plots on other farms, so at least they aren't interfering with science. But they are a pest. In the summer we have deer and raccoon bothering crops, and now this.
At least they have the decency to not pull it completely out of the ground. Wheat can withstand grazing as cows know. But it's usually larger before they start feeding. These geese aren't so patient.