Monday, August 24, 2009

Checking the Corn Plot

Above: Farmer Fred went up the hill to check his corn plot.
Above:  Our earliest variety was seeded with two different planters. The cob on the left was seeded with our old planter. It is less mature than the ear on the right, seeded with the new planter. It is a 78 day variety.
Above:  Notice the darkening silk on the top of each cob. This indicates a maturing cob and we are optimistic that this corn will be fully mature when it is harvested as grain.
Above:  Notice the contrast between the early maturing cob on the right and the immaturity of our longest season variety of corn. It is an 87 day variety.
Above:  With light colored silk and slim cobs, this variety is a long way from maturity. As noted on posts throughout the summer, it has been cool and dry. Corn matures best when it is hot and humid. Farmer Fred predicts that it is unlikely this variety will fully mature before it freezes. 
Above:  The corn plot gives us a picture of the performance of seed varieties, equipment, and helps evaluate various agronomic techniques. The information garnered from plots will influence our future farming practices and investments. 

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