Today I went to the MSU Post Farm, one of the several agricultural farms affiliated with MSU Bozeman, along with several other members of the Menalled lab. We were going to count seedlings of the agricultural crop winter wheat, and a competitive weed, cheat grass.
The plots are left out in the field for ambient rain and temperature conditions, or put into one of two treatments, or both combined, to mimic climate change: increased temperatures and reduced rainfall. This is similar to the project I will be working on, so it’s good job training. And, those study cards that my mentee made me last week really did come in handy!