Field Day

Experimental Crop Plots

Experimental Crop Plots

The field day was very interesting. We went to two experimental stations. One was a national experimental station in Chrzastowo and the other station was UTP’s experimental station. At Chrzastowo, we looked at the ornamental plots that had vines that grow on the ground and ones that grow up fences. There were plots of cultivated crops too. We looked at wheat, triticale, oats, legumes, and barley. We had another discussion on how to identify each crop in the vegetative stage.

Rain gauge at weather station

Rain gauge at weather station

We also looked at the weather station and saw the equipment they use to check precipitation, wind direction/speed, and amount of sunlight. After looking at the station in Chrzastowo, we went to UTP’s experimental station.

Taylor and I got to drive a Zetor tractor. It was a lot different than what we are use to in the US. The tractors in the US that we are use to driving has a lot more gears than the Zetor. Also in the Zetor you can shift on the fly and in the US most tractors you have to stop to shift gears.

Taylor and I on Zetor tractor

Taylor and I on Zetor tractor

Once Taylor and I was done driving, we went and looked at some more experimental plots. One of the researchers talked to use about what that did at each plot and how they would put growth retardants on some plots and leave a control that had nothing on it. We looked at how the retardants effected growth differently when more retardants are added. After this, we went and checked the amount of sunlight, direct and diffused, with a device that you stuck in the vegetative growth, and you could see how much sunlight got to the soil. Also you could work your way up the canopy to see how the cover effects the amount of sunlight that gets to the soil. The less sunlight hitting the soil means less evaporation of water out of soil surface. With all this said, the field day was very informing and fun.

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