Sunday, May 15, 2011

Malting Barley Lodging Due to Heavy Rain, May 15, 2011

Last night we experienced prolonged heavy rains in our part of Northern Virginia. This morning the malting barley plot had lodged badly -- the nearly full-sized grass stalks bent over, mainly due to the beating of the rain and added weight of the water clinging to them. By this afternoon some of the stalks had begun to right themselves, but then we experienced another deluge around dinner time. If we don't get some good, dry weather and a little luck then the production from the plot may be impacted pretty badly. Harvest should be just under a month away.


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