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!