Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Street Marquis

Ron and Mary put the 2 acres of Marquis on Spring Street to bed this morning.  Ron disced the field and then worked it again with his cultimulcher.  The following day the Marquis was drilled in at 120 lbs/acre (notch 20 on both sides), and medium red clover was put in the grass box at about 7 lbs/acre (notch 2 on the grass box).  There was just barely enough seed to cover the field (I started out with just 4 very precious bushels, and removed quantities for testing on my homestead as well as donating a sample to UW-Madison for their bread wheat test this year.  In fact, I still have not baked with this legendary wheat yet.  I will have to wait until August!  As usual Ron took his spike tooth and worked the field once after drilling.

Note: Ron vacuumed out the remaining clover seed so I was able to weigh what was left in the 50 lb bag we started with.  A total of 11 pounds of clover seed was put on the field, so the seeding rate was 5.5 lbs/acre.  So the setting on the grass box could have been opened up a bit.

"Attention was first attracted to Marquis wheat in the United States through its having won premiums at several expositions.  Seed was introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1912 and 1913 and the variety was thoroughly tested at numerous experiment stations in the spring wheat sections.  These and other experiments reported by Ball and Clark 40 41 proved the variety to be widely adapted.  In the meantime, in consequence of much publicity, a strong demand for seed arose. A considerable quantity was brought into the country for sowing in 1913. Much larger quantities were imported in 1914. The importations of these two years, with the seed home grown in 1913, were sufficient to sow about half a million acres in 1914.  Most of the imported seed was sold in Minnesota North Dakota and Montana.  Smaller quantities were sold in other spring wheat States. In this way the Marquis variety became widely distributed in a very short time. In 1919, only seven years after its introduction, it made up at least 60 per cent, or nearly 12,000,000 acres, of the total spring wheat acreage of the United States."  --Classification of American Wheat Varieties

The field on day 1 after 2 passes with the dis.

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