Thankfully I took some pictures of my kids before I left to help keep them close to mind and to use for today's Farmer Fridays feature, Stages of Corn Growth.
Stages of Corn Growth is very near and dear to my heart as my very first science fair project in the 3rd grade was entitled Stages of Corn Growth. I received the Best of Show award and was asked to present my project in front of the school board. (Thanks Mom for the awesome idea and all of your help!) Well fast forward many years and stages of corn growth is a part of a my every day life. This is the view surrounding our house.
This field usually rotates between a corn and soybean field every year and we are lucky to have corn in it this year. Needless to say I literally live in the middle of a corn field.
This field was planted in mid April on April 16th. It was the first corn field we planted on our family farm and everyone was in great spirits to be planting corn in the middle of April.
In a typical year, we spray our corn 2-3 weeks after it is planted to kill the weeds and grass that likes to grow in the field along with the corn. If we don't kill the weeds and grass, the weeds and grass will compete with the corn for essential nutrients and water and could eventually take over our corn leaving us with no corn crop. My father-in-law and husband have had to take classes to become certified to apply these chemicals to our field. We take great precautions when handling the chemicals and calculate exactly how much should be used to make sure we only use what is necessary and needed.
We then apply the anhydrous ammonia to the corn 2 weeks after it is sprayed; however, this year, this process has not gone exactly according to plan as Mother Nature has had her own plans and we had a 3 week period that we did nothing in the fields on our family farm.
After the ammonia is applied, it is essentially time for the corn to grow which requires heat and moisture but just the right amount of both which involves Mother Nature again.
So as you can see Little Sissy is just a little bit taller than the corn after a month and half.
Check back next month to see how much the corn and my children grow this month.