Farmer Fred received an email from our Pioneer Seed Dealer reminding him that the average frost date in our area is September 21.
It seems like a grim reminder on a mid-July day.
The email went on to explain that the corn should be tasseling by August 1 in order to be mature by September 21. Will the corn make it? This has been a season full of questions. The answer is that we don't know, yet.
The tassel on a corn plant will grow from the center of the stalk after all of the plant's leaves have unfurled.
The last protective leaf looks especially tender and spiked at the top as it emerges from the stalk.
Inside the leaf the tassel is nearly ready to emerge on this plant.
The corn will then begin to form cobs and mature.
We need rain. If we get rain and warm temperatures follow, there is an excellent chance that the corn will ripen before it freezes. The leaves are lush and dark green, this corn is doing fine, so far.
July is a season of watching and waiting in GriggsDakota.