Don't For those of you who don’t know, I live on a farm in western Illinois. Yes, there is a lot of Illinois that is not Chicago. The county I live in only has 16,000 people. We are an agricultural based area.
For the past few years I’ve wanted to document the growth of the corn from the time it emerges from the ground to when it tassels out. This year I’ve finally begun doing that. I set up a yard stick next to a seedling the day I saw it poke its little head out of the soil and begin reaching for the sun.
The temperature, sunshine and moisture all play rolls in how much the plant grows each day. Early on it grows relatively slowly. As the days progress the grow rate increases. Some days it can visibly grow inches from morning to evening. That’s what I hope to document. When that happens we tend to say, “You can hear the corn growing.”
I’ve uploaded a gallery of photos from the past couple of weeks. These show the growth from emergence on Tuesday, May 8 through May 16, today. The seeds were planted on Friday, April 21. That was about days. We had corn that emerged in 10 days this year that was planted earlier but we had a cold snap which slowed everything down.
Now that I’ve posted these here I plan on posting the photo I take each day on Facebook. You can check the progress there.
I’m so glad I finally decided this year was the one I’m doing this. I’ve gotten through two weeks of daily photoing. Now I just want to keep it up. That can be challenging for me. Today I just took the photo and it’s after 7:30 PM. Forgot this morning then was gone the rest of the day. Finally remembered a few minutes ago.
Well, I hope you enjoy the documentation of corn going from seed to knee high by Memorial Day to tassel high by the Fourth of July. Don't forget to go to my Facebook page daily for the next photos.
Corn growth May 8 - 16
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