Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Corn Report: It's a little shady in the cornfield

The third corn report.

You can tell summer is flying by looking at the cornfields. Last week I was in Des Moines, Iowa for the World Pork Expo. We are talking more than 2100 pigs and a lot of kids and parents all loving agriculture! It was a really fun event to be apart of, plus I don't think I have ever ate that much pork in one week. We are talking about ribs, sausage, pork loin, pork chops and bacon.

This weekend the Boy pointed out two changes in the cornfield. One the corn is becoming shaded. That means that the corn leaves are covering the rows so you can really see the dirt anymore. This is helpful because since the is less sunlight where the weeds will grow they will normally die on there own.

You can really tell a difference compared to two weeks ago. This picture was take on May 5. 

And this was the corn on June 10. I am currently in my golfing attire. The Boy and I decided to sneak away from the farm on Sunday afternoon to get in a round. 

The other thing that the Boy pointed out was how dry the corn is. See how the corn is curling, that means it is dry. We got a tiny bit of rain on Monday night, but we'll need a lot more. Especially as the plant grows taller. Just like growing kids, growing corn needs a lot of nutrition. 

Did you know in 2011 Iowa corn farmers 2.3 billion bushels of corn on 13.7 million acres of land. A bushel of corn weighs about 56 pounds. 


  1. Hopefully you'll get some rain this week. Your corn is looking really good!

  2. This is non-corn related, but have you been to Hobby Lobby lately? I was there doing some Make-a-Wish shopping last night and they have a super cute set of turquoise ceramics. Made me think of you!


    1. No I haven't, but I have to go next week. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Great update. It is fun for this city girl to watch the corn progress and learn about it at the same time. :) I wish I could have sent you some of the rain we drove through in Florida the other day!

    1. Lois a friend of mine from Colorado and I were just talking about how we wish Florida could share the rain with Colorado to put out some of those fires!


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