(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

Watching the corn grow is part of an Illinois summer.

Here’s what one field looked like on June 6 of this year:


And, just three weeks later, on June 28:


In case you’re wondering, I measured one of the errant stalks:


A strapping three feet! And it’s not even the Fourth of July yet!

How Tall is Your Corn?

“Knee high by the Fourth of July” used to be the benchmark for farmers trying to determine whether their corn crop was on track.

And once upon a time, it was accurate.

That was before. Now, thanks to technology, farmers are able to plant their crops earlier, the seeds are sturdier, and the plants respond.

Check out this plot of field corn (used for animals, not humans):

Corn plants growing in rows

Corn plants growing in rows

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