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Thursday March 7, 2024: Take 3

Me again,

Okay we will go through some of Johns nice videos from yesterday. We are trying to give you the best learning atmosphere possible so I had Bridget get rid of all the sound: talking and wind.

I may have to do separate posts to get this done as you all know I am a computer resistant person. I see it on the page screen so lets see what happens if I do 2 of them.

Amazing, it looks like it worked.

Okay the first video is taken north of what we call checkpoint Charlie. It is an area of a lot of intense agriculture for it is the south entrance of the Jezreel and Jordan Valleys converging. In case you did not know, this area is 500 feet below see level. It is one of our traditionally early wild barley and grains: barley and wheat, areas.

Just think the fields we have been tracking are further up the valley from here. John had seen enough evidences in two days of pulling and plucking grain around the country he said that's enough witnesses to confirm what we already knew: so, I think I will go volunteer on a farm for the rest of my stay.

In the first video make sure that when John is walking you stop it at intervals to get a much clearer picture of what is in the screen at that time. When he is not walking pause it and zoom in, or enlarge whichever you can do with your computer or phone.

Take your time and see if you can identify wild barley, tares, domestic barley and domestic wheat. By the way John is focusing on barley in it and nothing else to fulfill mandates some want.

The slithery ones are already trying to claim he does not know what he is talking about and thus a false witness. Why? Because he titled it domestic barley and only refers to the barley. Unbelievable but the way of things these days.

There are 2 types of tares in the field so see if you can separate the two.

Now why are so many "grains" in it? Its simple, this field will be used for the dairy operation up on Gilboa. That means from year to year there is not a lot of prep that goes into the production of the silage or hay they will draw off of it.

Lets get an example. If barley was seeded on it by the farmer last year and cut for hay the seeds would have been physiologically mature so they could reproduce themselves. When left to dry out in the field after cutting and before any bailing the seeds will separate from the heads once the equipment starts win-rowing it. With domestic not a lot, but certainly enough to make a showing next year regardless of what is planted. Lets say wheat is planted, then you will have both wheat being the dominant species, but barley as less dominant in numbers. Then you will also have the wild barley that has blown in or been carried in, as well as the ever present tares.

What makes this all possible?

In these low maintenance fields they do not spray herbicides for they are only talking about cow food.

We have found this same situation often and have reported on it in past years inspections. There is no mystery to it.

So, do the homework here if you have time, it is great practice and thanks to John we have a good example to use.

Now for the second video.

This is a really good example of what wild barley can look like when it grows in agricultural soils. These here are just on the edge of good and bad ones. I personally do not use this area but John and Brian H do and have in the past.

Notice how flexible the stalks are in the wind. That is the result of mediocre rains. The stalks are thin having given production to the heads only maybe a week or 10 days back. They bend and flap all over the place. The fact the heads are all in place tell us they are not aviv yet even though they are light in color.


As stated previously in a post they would shatter all over the place with that beating if they were. You can learn a lot from a video if you know what you are looking for. John and I agree this location will be aviv in the near future. Always nice to have him there it pop some apart, eh!

As he walks around in this wind tunnel in the Jordan Valley notice areas where you do not see heads in full furl. Stop the video and look at them enlarged. You will see tiller heads growing up straight. They are about to have a premature death from starvation and thirst.

But why the stark differences in this field from place to place. Yes, the four legged lawnmowers have been at work when the grain was younger. Now you see the field scaring they have done eating and moving through while trying to get ahead of the next guy. That is why the tillers heads are so short. Fun to watch but good thing it is a wild barley field. Otherwise the owner would have required some lamb chops.

Once again a great video to show some of the things we talk about often to assist the new folks who are just jumping in.

Now lets hope it all loads for me. Copied it all just in case.

Our peace we give to you.


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