‘CALIFORNIA POPPIES’ DOMINATE BENEFICIAL-FLOWER-BEDS THIS WEEK. Muddy tractor tires are proof that waiting just 30 hours after this week’s heavy 1.5″ rain ended was cutting it close because a few low spots in the field were still wet and soft.
However, roguing for Potato Virus ‘waits for no man.’ We had delayed this week’s roguing so we could get back our first-inspection results from Kristi Bradbury, our State Seed Inspector.
After roguing our entire Potato acreage for three weeks, we’re now shifting over to focusing on the few seed lots which need special attention.
We received only one surprise – an early generation seed lot from which we neither expected nor had seen any signs of trouble. But this week the variety had matured enough to ‘break:’ virus-infected individual plants for the first time expressed visual symptoms sufficiently mottled to be visible to our eyes.
Out they go! Caleb, Megan & Jim