Monday, July 7, 2014

Knee High by the 4th of July

I do have to admit, I was a little worried that our annual "Knee High by the 4th of July" photo this year was going to show corn that wasn't knee-high, but half-way surprisingly, it was higher than I expected.  In a "normal" year, we'd like to see our corn shoulder or head high (see previous year's photos for examples - 2013 & 2012), but this year, due to the extreme wet conditions, our corn is only waist high.  We are actually planning on getting into the field today to do some work which would be the first time in several weeks because it has been too wet to get into the field.

Knee High by the 4th of  July
And if you are curious what an ear of corn looks right now, below is a photo.  After our family photo we did some crop scouting and peeled a corn stalk all the way down to the ear of corn.  Pretty neat right?  It is amazing that that will cob of corn will grow 8"+ in length in just a couple of months.

Ear of corn on the 4th of July
I hope you all had a great Independence Day!  Do you have any 4th of July traditions?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

8 comments:

  1. I have lived in Iowa my whole life, with a farmer dad, and had no idea that that's what an ear of corn looks like just a couple short months before harvest!

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    1. It is pretty neat isn't it Leslie! You have to wait for the corn to get about waist high to actually be able to see the actual ear of corn.

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  2. Wow, that's little corn! We go to watch the parade with our dog and just enjoy a relaxing, fun day together.

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    1. Sounds like a great, relaxing time.

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  3. Cool. I've never seen an immature ear before. Thanks.

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    1. I'm glad I could show you Keri! It is pretty neat and unbelievable that you're able to determine the ear so early on.

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  4. Oh goodness, your post brought a tear to my eye! I miss the corn and Iowa, feeling a bit homesick -- but we'll be in Iowa next week and I like your idea of the picture! I too never knew how big an ear of corn was in July! Sounds like a good science experience for Grandpa and my sons!

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    1. If you try this at home... just be careful. The ear is obviously very fragile so be gentle while taking off each layer of leaves.

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