We worked our way through Independence Day and ended with a trip out to check the corn. It has been corn growing weather for four days in a row. We were feeling optimistic.
I have heard that in many parts of the country, the old wisdom "knee high by the Fourth of July" is considered out of date. Here in GriggsDakota it still applies. Our hardiness zone is three. That often means a late, cold Spring. We had one this year.
We are pleased to see that it made it, even when measured against Farmer Fred's knees.
In the 2010 photo above, the corn had an earlier start and was nearly waist high by this time. Click Here to see photos of our corn on July 4, 2010.
Our weather has been markedly cooler in 2011, but the moisture has given the crops a boost. With temperatures near 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the corn is growing inches every day.
It is at its pretty stage. The corn would be beautiful as a border in a flower garden today.
It is nearly ready to form a canopy between the rows, which controls weeds and conserves moisture.
Whether "knee high by the Fourth of July" is fable, folklore, or fact, Farmer Fred is sure this corn has a fighting chance to reach maturity in GriggsDakota.