Monday, May 16, 2016

Corn in the backyard, 2016 -- weeks 2 & 3

May 8

Although we had a generous amount of rain leading up to May 8, we accumulated about 20% fewer growing degree days than normal for this time of year.  Nonetheless, the corn plants grew to 2.5 inches, maintaining a reasonable pace, albeit slower than most years.

 May 15

For the week prior to May 15, our rainfall was adequate, and growing degree days were very close to average, resulting in growth that put the tallest plants at about 5 inches. Historically, that's below average for the third week's measurement, but about average for the middle of May. No reason for concern yet, especially considering the temperatures have been so cool.

The May 15 photos also prove that our days have not all been cloudy this spring.

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