Our farm is near the northern edge of corn growing country. We like to check it on the 4th of July to see if it is knee high. Corn that is at least knee high by the Independence Day holiday is sure to mature. Otherwise, the crop outcome is in doubt. This year, the corn is knee short, not knee high when we went to the fields to check.
The Spring was late and our weather has not warmed up. Lack of sunshine means our soil is cooler than usual, but the truth is, Farmer Fred is not too worried. With the shorter season varieties available, we optimistically believe that the corn will mature before it freezes.
The fields have been top dressed with nitrogen to fertilize it to reach its full potential and over the weekend, the weather warmed.
The marks on the leaves are burn from the fertilizer, but new leaves are forming quickly to absorb the sunshine that is forecast for July.
Corn was a short story on July 4, 2014. Luckily, it is not the final page on the corn crop in GriggsDakota.