Smut

Combine Fungus DustMy friend Shauna asked in the survey if combines on this side of Nebraska are turning black like they are on her side of Nebraska. Not long after I read that question, I was driving along and thought I saw smoke in the distance. Turns out it was just a combine at work in a field with some type of fungus.

We went out to see Brad when he was picking a field like this. We turned colors from just climbing the ladder to get in and out one time. The dirt or whatever it was just stuck to you.

It’s hard to have your knees out of the picture when you’re all squished in a combine.

Don’t worry Joanna and Emily, the jacket washed well and is now clean.

From what I understood from Brad’s dad, this happens when corn is stressed at the right time. It could happen if there’s even just a little bit of hail at that right time. This year dry land corn was stressed all growing season, so this is not the year to try and determine when that time is.

I’m sure my extension educator reader would be a much better informer on the specifics of this, but I can show you a picture of this “smut” on a sad, little ear I picked up from this field.

corn with smutI can also show you the view from inside the combine.

Thankfully not every field is like this, or we’d be seeing “fires” everywhere.

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Exciting things await for the post on the 15th! If all goes well, we’ll be having the California version of Farming on the 5‘s!

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