Hooray for the Red, White & Blue

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Measuring Up

Marking milestones is part of our family tradition. In our dining room, a handmade wooden growth chart recorded Jill's and Brent's height each birthday. Kinley's measurements have now been duly recorded for posterity, and Brooke will join the brood come September, when she turns 1.

We don't have a growth chart available in the corn field across the road. But my trusty human measuring stick provides a benchmark for the ever-changing 2015 corn crop.
I spent last Wednesday through Saturday at the Great Plains UMC annual conference in Wichita. I couldn't believe the difference when I returned to the County Line. The combination of sunshine and rainfall seemed to kick the corn into high gear. Above is the photo from June 15.
Just a week before (June 7), the corn didn't cover nearly as much of my lovely model.
And here he is, back on June 1. That quite a difference in half a month, don't you think?
The corn crop is getting regular doses of rain and sunshine, which seems to be a good prescription for growth. Pretty soon, maybe that line from the musical "Oklahoma!" will come to pass: "The corn is as high as an elephant's eye. And it looks like it's climbing clear up to the sky." It seems to have a good start anyway!

8 comments:

  1. It is unbelievable how fast crops can grow and change in such a short time frame especially in ideal conditions!!!!! Our corn is more like your June 1 picture! So far we are having lots of rain and heat, so here's hoping it does well!

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    1. Where are you located? The changes in corn amaze me. It's so different from wheat, but, obviously, it's a much shorter growing period. Thanks for visiting and taking time to comment! Good luck with your crop!

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  2. Kim, we're located in Manitoba, Canada. Our corn is for silage feed.

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    1. Nice to make your acquaintance! I found your blog. Now I have two Canadian friends across the miles.

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  3. WOW we are struggling here with extremely wet weather after a spring drought. Corn fields are doing well but hay fields because of our extremely cold winter killed the alfalfa and clover and the hay crop is beyond growing it is just grass and only a foot high.. It is going to be a different kind of year for sure. Hopefully if we can get it off when and if it ever stops raining now we can get a second good crop.Farming; you have to love it:):) Great crop good luck with the rest of your season.. Hug B

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    1. We had hoped to begin cutting wheat, but it's another high-humidity day around here. We hope to get the rest of the first cutting of hay done today, so we'll have that crossed off the list when it's time to start wheat harvest. We are later this year than we've been for awhile. Good luck to you, too, B!

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  4. I have a good internet connection at the moment and I'm catching up. Did you notice? Loving your corn photos and model. It is amazing how fast corn grows in the right conditions.

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  5. I wasn't on the computer much over the weekend, so I hadn't. But I'm definitely glad for you! I'll get back with you on the internet details you asked about (once I figure out where that info is).

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