Our cornfield is still growing despite the unusually high temperatures and lack of moisture. Not only are we experiencing hot days, but hot days for an extended period of time! Do you know how it is when you get stressed out and get tension in your neck and body and you aren’t as mentally focused? Well, our corn is stressed out right now. No, it isn’t tense, but it curls up it’s leaves trying to protect itself from all of the heat and dryness.
The corn has formed tassels on the top of the plants that produce the pollen that drifts to the silks that have formed lower on the plant. Each silk that gets pollinated will form one kernel of corn on each cob. This really is an amazing process that could have only been created by God himself!
Extended periods of hot and dry weather are not conducive to good kernel development. The plants could really use an inch of rain every week and we have been very dry! Corn plants are very hardy but we are praying for rain. We want the plants to produce big, plump, juicy kernels so when it is chopped to feed our cows they will get optimum energy from it to produce great milk!