Thursday, August 25, 2011

Corn in the backyard 2011, week 14

 August 21

Last week growing degree days = 174
Historical average growing degree days = 168

Growing degree days since planting = 2493
Historical average since planting = 2194

Although the week started cool, the heat came back at the end of the week sufficient to record more growing degree units than average.  The field (and our yard) hasn't seen any significant rain for a few weeks, and I think I can see the corn finally reacting to the heat and lack of rain.  Some of the plants have as many as six leaves turning brown, and many of the ear husks are showing signs of drying also.  The ears should still be building each kernel, as we have over 250 heating degree units to go before we reach the black layer stage for this hybrid.

Here's a closer view of the ears we've been watching.
And finally, a cornflower morning glory, one of several that are adding a little color to the field.  Would you like me to pull this weed Farmer Wagenbach?


  1. Cornflower? Or morning glory?

    Mrs. B

  2. oops. thanks for the correction, Mrs. B!

  3. Hope you get some rain soon. We could use some here too.