I'm also intrigued by the red stems that are showing in the WN2. I've never noticed it before. From observing the regular test plot, I can see that the stem does go away after a few days. But it's very apparent today.
I want to get a good comparison, so I drilled in a four-row test plot just to the South of the backup WN2 plot. From North to South, there is a single 8' row of Wisconsin No. 2, Vavilov Turkey Red, Ehmke Turkey, and Stephens Turkey.
|The Wisconsin No. 2 on October 7, after six days in warm, moist soil. I've never noticed the red stems before. I expect it will disappear after a few days, but now I want to know if other wheat shows this color in the first days of germination.|
|This is the same spot on October 10. Now the color has been almost covered up by chlorophyll.|
|Here is the germination test plot, just South of the backup WN2 plot. This is former basil ground that I worked up with a wheel hoe this morning. From North to South, WN2, VTR, ETR, and STR.|
|Here's the germination test plot in a wider view. Rows run East-West.|
|Here's a view of the main test plot right now, October 8.|