|My Farmer next to our 24 row planter|
|Seed Tender that carries bulk boxes of seed|
As you can see, you can clearly see the corn from a distance now. The corn is now in the later V1, early V2 stage. This means the plant has one leaf with a visible collar and is about to have two leaves with two visible collars. A collar is a light colored collar-like band located at the base of the leaf blade. The key to determining what stage corn is in during vegetative development is to look for the collars. First look at this plant and you might say it has three leaves, but when you look closely, you'll notice only one visible collar.
If you enjoy see our corn grow each week on my blog, you might be interested in watching a live "Corn Cam" on the DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) campus. I heard about it this week on the radio.
Stay safe this spring. Next Farm Friday I'm planning on talking a little on GPS and Auto-Steer. If you have any questions email or tweet me!