The days are ticking along. We are seeing interesting things and we crossed the border yesterday from Kazakhstan into Kyrgyzstan.
While still at Almaty, Kazakhstan we visited their Department of Agriculture and spoke to their scientists and John did a presentation on the broad outline of Australian farming systems. They asked many questions about our seeding and fertiliser rates and rainfall zones compared to theirs.
After that we traveled to a farm where they were trialling no till wheat with advice and assistance from CYMMIT, the plant breeders from Mexico. This is the second year but they are showing promising visual results. Harvesting commenced on the no till trial paddock as we were watching but we ran out of time and had to head back before we could see a grain sample.
We have a long day ahead about 400 km traveling and should arrive at Issyk Kul lake, the second highest lake in the world after Lake Titicaca, which we had visited way back in 2002. The lake is also the 5th deepest in the world.
We are all having fun and enjoying the hospitality.