Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Corn And Beans

The corn that the farmers got in early around here did okay, fodder-wise. It looks to me like the ears aren't as large as usual as I look at them from the highway, though. I hope they're filled out okay after that droughty weather we had this summer. That fodder has now mostly turned color.

Rainy weather hit just after the first few fields were planted though and some folks didn't get the rest of their corn planted until at least a month and a half after the first batch. Then the drought hit. Those late fields are still vibrant green. I hope they make okay.

Some guys opted for soybeans instead of planting late corn. Those fields are nearly all brown now, and will soon be ready to harvest.

When I was a kid, I remember hearing a couple old sayings about corn. The first was that it should be planted when the oak leaves were the size of a squirrel's ear. The second was that it should be knee-high by the Fourth of July. I noticed this past Fourth that the LATE corn WAS knee-high on the Fourth. The EARLY corn, though, was about SEVEN FEET high!


Sixbears said...

You guys with actual growing seasons. It's all we can do up here in northern NH to get a single crop of corn. In fact we tend to select quick maturing varieties.

Although for a short season, it was a good one -not too warm, not too cold, not too wet and not too dry. They call it a Goldilocks year.

Crystal Mary said...

I loved seeing the corn fields in Indiana. I never did see them in Virginia. I love looking out over a farm with healthy plants ready to be picked. We had corn growing as a child and them I loved running through it. Here where I live its Sugar cane and pineapple crops.

Gorges Smythe said...

Glad you had a good year weather-wise, Sixbears. I'm sure a lot of pantries and cellars are the pride and joy of their owners.

They grow a (very) little sorghum in my area, Crystal; I suppose that's a relative of sugar cane.

Catawissa Gazetteer said...

Most of the guys that farm corn around here in Missouri are telling me they're getting something like 40% out of their fields. And on top of that, because the number of kernels is so low the corn, most of which is feed corn, is toxic to livestock. The nitrogen levels are too high.

The hay fields mostly only got one cutting and that's already being used as feed because the drought burned the pastures out. Most of my friends that raise cattle have already sold off most of what they had, only holding back what they need for their families and friends.

The recent rain from Issac has greened the fields up a bit but since they're mostly filled with Johnson grass and weeds now it isn't going to make much difference.

The tomatoes burned up, the deer ate the beans and the birds got the grapes. If it was growing this year something was definitely going to eat it, probably as much for the water in it as for the food value. I can't really get too upset at all the critters for that. We all share in the good times and the bad.

We did have a bumper harvest of squash, though. I attribute this wholly to my lovely wife, her trusty roll of duct tape, a killer hunting instinct and all the dead squash bugs she left in her wake. Years from now young squash bugs will tremble 'round the fire hearing tales of the yellow haired giant with the sticky hands carting off all the bad little bugs!

Bill said...

I heard and knew those who lived by the same two sayings, in fact still do. The oak leaves were as big as a squirrels ear in mid-April this year. We had a snow event at the end of that month so I'm not sure how many farmers followed the old saying.

Some of the corn around here looks great and others not so much. Rain was very hit and miss this summer. The soybeans all look decent though, though I'm not sure how many pods are actually on them. Farming can be a crap shoot, that's for sure.

Gorges Smythe said...

CG, I know that my wife and I have had a heck of a year, and we ain't even farmers.

Bill, farmers are always at the mercy of the weather and the government. Obviously, the latter is more dangerous.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Corn and beans together - that's complete protein, bro. AND, when you marinate it with a little cumin, coriander, garlic, and tumeric, it's pretty gosh-darn tasty, too.

Gorges Smythe said...

Not exactly the subject of the post, but true enough in its own right, Will!