BLOGS FROM THE FIELD
Notes from the Field - Week 3
June 27, 2012Grant Wiseman
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Week 3 provided 7 days of much needed sunshine allowing for a study-site-wide dry down of soils and a significant increase in crop growth. Field crews were able to collect vegetation samples twice and soil moisture measurements four times!
With many team members here for the entire first half of the SMAPVEX campaign some nicknames for specific fields have begun to evolve. Fields 102 and 103 are known to be very difficult to walk through due to high saturation levels and have been dubbed “Nightmare Beans”. For their surprising plant height and density, fields 124 and 125 are affectionately known as “Mutant Canola” (see photo). And any and all wheat fields don’t have a name just yet but their heavy dew provides staff with an unanticipated shower first thing in the morning!