Date Night…

Checking for midge...

Checking for midge...

The first week before the 4th of July and for a couple weeks after keeps my husband pretty busy. Being in the agronomy field keeps him busy from seeding to harvest, but for these few weeks anybody in valley with spring wheat is concerned mainly with one thing.  The Orange Wheat Blossom Midge, which can devastate an entire  field.  A single feeding larvae will start to consome on the newly forming kernel leaving it shrunken 30 to 50 % it’s expected size .  The adults will emerge in the late evenings a little before sunset if there is not a breeze and they will fly through out the canapy of the wheat.  So in evenings my husband is gone for a while checking sticky traps and sweeping fields.  Last night the kids ended up staying with papa and grammy so I decided to go with my husband.  We grabbed a quick supper uptown to eat after we got home and called it a date.  Zayne even slept the whole time leaving me nothing to do but relax!  It was so beautiful out last night…

To the west...

To the north...

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To the west...

To the west some old buildings amongst the field...

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To the north east more old buildings against the mountains...

To the north east more old buildings against the mountains...

 

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Looking into Glacier Park over more fields...

Looking into Glacier Park over more fields...

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Checking traps and sweeping-look at that field!

Checking traps and sweeping-look at that field~Beautiful!

We had such an enjoyable quiet evening together just chit chatting about lots of different things.  I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Here are some pictures that Mark has taken on his midge adventures…
More Orange Wheat Blossom Midge on wheat awns...

Orange Wheat Blossom Midge on wheat awns...

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More Orange Wheat Blossom Midge on a wheat head...

More Orange Wheat Blossom Midge on a wheat head...

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A handful of midge...

A handful of midge...

As far as work is concerned Mark loves this part of it-being out in the field helping farmers…