Monday, July 10, 2017

Mid-summer report-out

This row of corn had been blown down during our July 7 windstorm.  It is now standing up straight.  What the heck?
The corn stood itself back up.  The growth plates at the joints near the ground grew faster on the shady side and lifted the stalks.  Amaizing!
July 15 is close to biological mid-summer.  Earlier in the summer the days are longer and soil moisture more generous.  Later in the summer the days are warmer and the plants are carrying more leaf to pay-as-they-go.  This chart shows the amount of total shoot extension on July 9 of three different apple cultivars.  Given good moisture and fertility, these values could double by the end of the growing season.
This is the Enterprise tree with 80" of shoot extension.  It was grafted on top of a Liberty/G.935.  Liberty is a great apple but I am tired of losing 1/3 of my crop to early fruit drop.  I will spread the shoots when they are tall enough to avoid being browsed by deer.
Japanese Beetles eating a filbert leaf.  This variety is Jefferson and seems to be more attractive to Japanese Beetles than other cultivars ALTHOUGH it may be simply because it is taller.  I suspect that Japanese Beetles can smell scent markers left by the previous years brood and home in on those plants.
This is an open pollinated seedling of Estrella #1 filbert that was selected because of its ruby colored leaves.  It has never had a Japanese Beetle on it.
A Purple or House Finch keeping an eye on things.  The sun was just right to light him up.

1 comment:

  1. My corn dies that too. Just leave it alone and it pops back up. I never see corn downed by wind or water after a few days. Corn knocked down by raccoons now that's different. They hit it the night before it's ready to pick. Damn things. A neighbor uses an electric wire 6" off the ground. Works for him so I'll try it this year on my Gem Glass corn.