Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Knee High by the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our country's independence, show off your patriotism, spend time with family and friends, shoot off fireworks and check crops.  It's been tradition for decades that farmers check their crops, especially corn, to see if it is "Knee High by the 4th of July."  Now while knee high isn't the benchmark for farmers anymore due to hybridization and improved genetics, it is still a fun tradition for our family to benchmark our corn (and family's) growth every year (see 20172016201520142013 and 2012).

Knee High by the 4th of July Iowa Corn Farm Family

As you can see, this year's corn is a lot taller than knee high.  In fact, it is over my husband's head (and he's 6'2")!  The corn is also starting to tassel.  Every 4th of July we also check the growth of the corn by checking out the development of the ear of corn.

Knee High by the 4th of July Beginning Development of Ear of Corn with Silks
An ear of corn with all of the silks intact
Each of those silks will turn into a kernel of corn
This year's ear of corn is double the size it normally is at this time due to the heat and growing degree days we had in June, yet it is still neat to see the ear of corn fit in the palm of our hand now, while it'll be 10" long come harvest.

Knee High by the 4th of July Beginning Development of Ear of Corn

We hope you all have had a great Independence Day!  What are some of your favorite family traditions for the 4th of July?  Remember to Comment for a Cause.


  1. I love your 4th of July pictures! I look forward to them every year!

  2. I love this tradition too! I almost got a 1st of July picture,but forgot and wasn't by any corn fields in the 4th 😕 maybe next year!

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