Are you ready for this?
The corn is tasseling! And it’s way higher than my knees!
The tassels — those golden doo-dads at the topmost part of the plant — are where the pollen comes from. They fall onto the silk on top of the individual ears of corn (or else they’re helped along by man) to pollinate the corn and help it grow.
Here, take a closer look:
Some cornfields in my area hire temporary workers (usually teenagers) for a couple of weeks to detassel the plants. From what I understand, it’s hot and tiring work, but it can pay decently — and for many kids, it’s a “first job” and a rite of passage to steadier summer employment.
The field I photographed (to my knowledge) doesn’t use teen work crews for detasseling purposes. (Detasseling keeps the corn from pollinating itself). Perhaps they’re not trying to produce hybrid corn?
At any rate, as you can see, the plants are headed for a bumper crop, provided the weather continues to be favorable.
Happy Fourth of July!
P.S. I’m taking a few days off to enjoy the festivities, but I’ll be back soon. And I’ll think of you as I’m enjoying some fresh watermelon!