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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #60 on: June 29, 2014, 07:52:37 AM »
I planted in the fall and harvested in the spring so I imagine it's a different thing. I also suspect that rain and sub will play a major roll in how tall the grass gets. As long as it's working wouldn't worry about it.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2014, 02:45:09 PM »
I planted in the fall and harvested in the spring so I imagine it's a different thing. I also suspect that rain and sub will play a major roll in how tall the grass gets. As long as it's working wouldn't worry about it.
Yea, it otherwise looks healthy. I suppose what really matters as far as size goes is the final size of the barley kernels. Also I figure shorter barley= less lodging.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #62 on: July 01, 2014, 09:17:29 AM »
The shorter the plant, equals less lodging seems intuitive.  However, my experience has been that if a mature plant gets too much water, it is more likely to lodge.  Watch your irrigation at this point.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #63 on: July 06, 2014, 07:21:52 PM »
The shorter the plant, equals less lodging seems intuitive.  However, my experience has been that if a mature plant gets too much water, it is more likely to lodge.  Watch your irrigation at this point.
I haven't provided any irrigation since it got established. We did get a lot of rain a few days ago. Its looking good though, the kernels are getting plump.
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Re: Growing your own
« Reply #64 on: July 30, 2014, 11:29:04 AM »
I harvested my 2row yesterday, the 6 row has another week or so. I tied the cut plants into bundles and stood up against each other to dry in the sunny dry few days that are predicted. The yield isn't what i hoped for due to weeds and a bit too much shade but I still have plenty to experiment with. ASAP I will till the plot, add compost, plant clover for fall bee forage and green manure then in late fall till that in and plant winter rye as ground cover. In early spring I'll plant another cover crop then till lightly, thoroughly remove any remaining weeds and plant a new crop, assuming this years threshing/malting/kilning proves all this feasible. Also this fall I plan on preparing another area for rye, wheat, etc. I'm also cutting down a lot of trees to allow for more sunlight and air flow.
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