Jon’s 15 Acres—July 2015

July 24, 2015

I haven’t taken time to hear the corn grow since I started farming my 15 acres, but it’s already a good eight feet tall and tasseled out.

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As an art director at Paulsen, this is my first experience in farming, thanks to the help of my father-in-law. If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous posts, you can find the last one here.

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The labor-intensive hours of farming are minimal during the late summer months now that the corn has tasseled, but I’m learning that there is still a lot to be on the lookout for when growing crops.

For example, corn is susceptible to environmental stress during the early silking, blistering and milk stages of reproduction. Poor rainfall can lead to poor pollination and also reduce kernel size and weight.

While rain is needed to make the crops grow, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. A few weeks ago I helped put away a lot of machinery prior to a thunderstorm. The forecast called for hail, but thankfully the storm was not serious and all the crops came through okay. Wind and hail damage can be just as destructive as drought.

I have done some research on what pests and diseases could affect my corn. I’ve learned that corn rootworm, European corn borer, eyespot and common rust are some typical things to watch out for. Although, being so new to farming, I am not sure I could spot all of these on my own!

To date these issues have not been problems for my crop. I’ve enjoyed watching it grow from seed to its impressive height and look forward to sharing future updates with you as I wait for harvest time!

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