Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Corn Roots Establish

 Although it is not readily visible, there is a lot going on in the corn field.
 As the corn pops up out of the ground, it is simultaneously establishing roots.
The root system will ultimately determine the outcome of the corn crop. Yes, we need rain and heat to grow corn, but it takes a healthy root system to take advantage of the elements.  
The root system has grown down into the ground farther than the plant has grown toward the sky. That is a good start. Corn roots grow in phases and from two distinct spots below the surface.
To learn more about corn's root system and see clear diagrams and photos, you can visit the University of Missouri's article "Early Corn Root Development." It contains clear explanations and photographs of this important phase in the corn field.
Only the earth worms know for certain how deep the tender root fibers are growing, but Farmer Fred was pleased to find both worms and adequate moisture just under the surface in this field.
There's always more going on than meets the eye in GriggsDakota.

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