SilverDogs, thanks for the update. In dry years like 2011, 2012 and 2013 the wheat does not provide a lot of nesting cover.
But in moisture loaded El Nino years (like now) the tall green wheat provides excellent nesting cover, brooding cover for chicks and plenty of insects.
It is very hard for a predator to find a setting hen pheasant in such a vast ocean of tall green wheat. Now the task is to get a hatch off before the wheat is cut. Most of the chicks should hatch well before the wheat is cut.
In the past strong El Nino years like 1982-1983, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 the fall quail and pheasant numbers were very high. Lets see what happens.
Edited by Coldwind (05/23/15 09:35 PM)