The Other Side of Sunset

The Other Side of Sunset

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Family Field Album

August 15, 2013




Corn husks whisper a scratchy-throated "hello" as I walk past. The south wind has blown the uncharacteristically rainy days of July and early August into just a pleasant memory. With it, the corn is starting to dry down.
August 26, 2013
Ten days' time and hot, southerly winds have turned the greener leaves of mid-August to brittle and brown as the thermometer teases the 100-degree mark again this week.

The difference is even more apparent when comparing late August's field photos ...
... to early July.
July 5, 2013
The evolution of a crop is even more striking when looking in the "family field album" at the May "newborn" photos.
May 23, 2013
Gone are the days of grabbing a few ears of field corn for a side dish. The kernels are now drying down, too.
August 15, 2013
August 15, 2013
Looking at the interior of the cob shows more changes. A horizontal line has started to appear near the dent end of the kernel and is slowly progressing to the tip end of the kernel. This line is called the "milk line" and marks the boundary between the liquid (milky) and solid (starchy) areas of the maturing kernels.
August 26, 2013
How long will it be until harvest? We're too new to this corn adventure to know for sure. While others are adding to their family photo albums with first day of school shots, I'm taking snapshots of a corn crop from "newborn" to "college." Such is the life of an empty nester, I guess. 

2 comments:

  1. How interesting about corn. Is that feeder corn for the cows? Great baby - adult photos! :)

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  2. It can be used for livestock feed or could also go to ethanol plants. We will likely haul it to our local co-op and they will market it.

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