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Early wheat harvest at the NIARC

Posted by Russel Higgins -

One of the earliest winter wheat harvests ever is underway at the NIARC. Yield data will be posted at the Illinois Variety Testing site when it is compiled.

More soil sampling, hoeing of weeds, and shoveling the last of our 2011 soybean crop out of the bin. Next time we will order a cooler day for these activities. With expected temperatures to be at or in excess of 100 degrees those planning outdoor activities tomorrow either by plan or necessity; please be cautious.

Key rules for coping with heat are to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and to slow down and cool off when feeling fatigued, experiencing a headache, a high pulse rate or shallow breathing. Overheating can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke.

When heat and humidity combine to slow evaporation of sweat from the body, outdoor activities becomes dangerous even for those in good shape. Err on the side of caution; there are precious few projects that absolutely cannot wait for another day. 

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