|Wouldn't you like to be in 60 and 70 degree temperatures your entire life???|
And now by the end of the week, the corn has begun silking, which is the first stage in the reproductive growth cycle known as R1. At this stage pollination begins when pollen grains from the tassels contact the new and moist silks. When scouting this field I came out with pollen grains all over me. I'm happy that temperatures are forecasted to be cooler and that we have a chance of rain next week, because the largest yield reduction due to stress happens at this stage.
|Corn Ears Silking|
|Here is an ear of corn that I shucked. You can see the kernels beginning to form and the silks.|
The soybeans started their reproductive stages last week by beginning to flower. This week they are at R2, which means they are at full bloom and have flowers within the top two nodules of the plant.
Do you have any questions about corn or soybean development? Be sure to leave comments and/or questions in the comment section below.