This week at Saginaw Bay Farms was a short week because of Memorial Day on Monday. When I got back to the farm, my main focus was on the wheat crops. I had to go observe and report which fields were most headed. Along with looking at the most developed plant, I was looking for issue areas in the fields of wheat. I learned about the wheat rusting disease and the potential hazards of it.
After I finished observing the wheat fields I took on the sugar beet fields, scouting for pests and looking at the weed pressure. I got to see first hand what a flea beetle is on the sugar beets and what damages it causes. The weeds have grown a lot since last week because of this heat as well as the little amount of rain we got here. I was determining what fields were going to be sprayed first and where in the field the chemicals need to be applied/not applied. Having to make these fairly extensive calls on applications really made me have to put confidence in myself and make decisions which greatly benefit me personally.
I finished scouting all of the fields, which meant a little down time and time to catch up on housekeeping for the farm. I cleaned some of the equipment and learned how to attach new nozzles on the sprayer. I am in the middle of cleaning out the barn floors and organizing in there.
As far as exciting things, I got to see a crop duster in action when I was scouting a field. I have never been that close to one doing the job.
I am starting to become better friends with my coworkers and it is making this experience just that much more enjoyable. So far the internship has taught me a lot and has me excited to see what the rest of the summer holds.