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Archive for July 24th, 2007

Wild Oats

A pleasant job at this very much pre-harvest time of year is walking through the crop fields pulling out Wild Oats, or ‘Rogueing’ – literally, ‘pulling out the rogues’.

Wild Oats look a bit like normal oats, except they are more a wavy oat than a (cultivated) straight up oat.    The grains also have long hairs attached which will cleverly bury a wild oat seed if it is allowed to fall to the ground.    The seeds can lie dormant for years, and then suddenly spring to life.    The plants grow big, and compete with the cereal crop, so should be removed.    It can be done chemically, but with low numbers of these plants on the farm, it is better to walk through the fields with a sack and pull them out. 

When the sun shines, it is a great job, and can involve family members too – to earn their pocket money.   When it is wet and nasty, it is not so much fun.    Yesterday, it was dry here until about 5pm, but we watched a huge thunderstorm over Perth get nearer, then further away.

We did that thing when you count between the flash and the thunder.     I was always told as a child that every second between the flash and the noise was one mile away, but that could be wrong.   It was fun to do though.

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