Saturday, July 4, 2020

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 2019201820172016201520142013 and 2012).

Knee High by the 4th of July Iowa Corn 2020

This year's growing season has been going pretty well so far.  We were able to get all of our crops planted in April and May, which was a big relief after struggles in recent years.  We received some big rains in June that washed out some areas in some of our fields, but other than that our corn and soybeans have been growing well.  This week the crops have really benefited from lots of sunshine and heat. It won't be long and our corn should be tasseling!  We pray for continued sunshine, adequate heat and timely rains for the rest of the season until we harvest this fall.

Knee High by the 4th of July Iowa Corn 2020
Look how big the ears of corn already!
We hope you all have had a great Independence Day!  What are some of your favorite family traditions for the 4th of July?


  1. You guys are going to have to start getting taller to make the corn knee high ;-)

    1. Or we'll have to come up with a new saying ;)

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