Crop plots

Wheat, Triticale, Rye, and Barley plots

Wheat, Triticale, Rye, and Barley plots

We looked at the planted gardens behind the building we had lecture in. There were several types of legumes in the plots, like beans and vetch. Anna, our teacher, pulled a couple of legumes to check for nodules to see if the rhizobia was fixing nitrogen. I pulled a nodule off of the roots and split it open. There wasn’t a red tint in the middle of the nodule, which means no nitrogen was being fixed. We moved on to look at other plants like oil seed rape, carrots, and sugar beets. Then, we looked at thistle that is a weed in Texas, but Anna said it was considered good in Poland. After this we looked at the grain crops. There was wheat, triticale, rye, and barley. These plants can be distinguished easily when they are mature but in the vegetative stage they are hard to distinguished. The way to identify wheat from barley is wheat has short-pubescent auricles, and barley has glaborous auricles. Auricles come of the leaf base and clasp around the stem. Wheat and triticale are very hard to distinguish in vegetative stage. Triticale tends to have leaves that lay flat during vegetative stage, and wheat has leaves that lay flat and stand up.

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