Monday, July 8, 2013

Knee High by the 4th of July

What a great Independence Day weekend!  I have so much I want to update you all on!  My Farmer, LP, MP and I traveled to East-Central Iowa to visit some college friends over the 4th and 5th (where we were able to mark off an item off our Summer Bucket List!) and then had fun at our local town's celebration on the 6th.  It was a busy weekend but it was a lot of fun!  Look for posts on both later this week!

As for today, I can't not share a mini "Independence Day" and "Farm Friday" update rolled into one "Monday after the 4th of July" post!  The old saying is that corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July."  In reality, corn is usually head-high and tasseling.  This year we are inbetween those two measurements.


I do have to admit, there for awhile I was afraid the corn wasn't going to be "knee-high by the 4th of July" but due to warm weather the last couple of weeks, the corn and soybeans actually got a chance to get some sunlight and have grown a lot over that time.  Now comparing our 4th of July photo from this year to last year you can see that our corn is behind in maturity.  It wasn't too far from now last year though that the rain stopped and we entered a drought.  Hopefully that doesn't repeat this year, otherwise our crops will be hurting come fall harvest.  I'm just happy that we were able to make it through this wet spring and get everything planted this year.  Those last two sentences I wrote I think can be summed up from a quote from Will Rogers:
"The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer."

Hope you all had a great Independence Day!

5 comments:

  1. Well in my neck of the woods, the saying is true :) And in my garden, it's knee high for the most part, some taller, some shorter. I'm just happy that it's growing! Speaking of, I need to do a post on my garden...I don't think I've done one yet this year! Farmer fail!

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    1. Yes - we need to see a garden post! I decided not to do a garden this year since I was pregnant and then would have a newborn. I miss not having a garden and will really miss it come harvest time. Fresh garden tomatoes are the best!

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  2. I also live in Iowa, and we've done some traveling and seen such a disparity in the corn and beans. It's raining substantially right now, we finally got our hay cut last week and baled. Great pics, looks like a perfect tradition for family pictures each year. Next year MP can be sitting on dad's shoulders!

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    1. It is crazy to think how in Iowa we were in a drought last year, then had flooding this spring, followed by some nice sunny days and now I hate to say it, but could use a little rain to help the crops again.

      LP has a tractor movie he likes to watch and in the movie it says that farmers pray for the perfect amount of sunshine and rain - but it never happens...

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  3. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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