On the Road
By Elizabeth Simmons, Summer Intern
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to two NCIS schools and gain hands on experience in crop adjusting. For the first school, I drove through Iowa to a part of the country I never pictured myself traveling to. Before I knew it I was standing in fields of corn and soybeans, looking out at fields of green that reached as far as the eye could see. I had arrived at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton. All attendees of the school were from different backgrounds, but a large number of participants were school teachers working as adjusters during the summer, as well as retired or part-time farmers. We worked in teams to learn how to properly identify bruising, calculate defoliation and stand reduction, and when to defer a claim. I learned that bruises are only fatal when they reach the pith of the plant. The pith is a tissue in the stem of vascular plants that contains the transport nutrients. I also learned how food/energy travels through the leaves of a corn stalk. When a leaf is torn across the middle, the 26
Richard Hup filling in Soybean Chart.
Steve Quiring demonstrating the hail machine at Lamberton.
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