Saturday, June 16, 2012


Tassels are here!  On Wednesday this past week we began to see tassels in the tops of our early planted corn fields.  This is the earliest we have ever seen these by 10 days.  We are still very dry in our area, but at least the evening temperatures are dropping below 70 degrees which helps the corn plants respire much more efficiently.  Along with the tassels and silks, our annual friends the Japanese beetles have also arrived.  They like to chew on the tassels and clip the silks.  We will continue to keep an eye on them in case they get bad enough where we have to call in the airplane to spray them.

This past week we hauled more corn from the bins - we are almost empty.  We also attended the Sangamon County Fair in New Berlin.  Our plan this week is to sign our seed corn hybrid plot as well as finish hauling corn.  40% chance of rain this evening so we are keeping our fingers crossed... 

Happy Father's Day wishes to all you Dad's out there!

Tassels just starting to show 

Silks emerging from the ear shoots

Since wheat harvest has begun in our area, I thought I would include a picture of the wheat harvest on our farm - cira 1923.  Pictured is the late Rev. Goodsell who was the pastor at our family's church at the time.

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