Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Crop Pictures

As promised, I took a few pictures of the crops today. I should've taken more bean pictures, but I didn't really think about it until later. There will be time.

These are some of the better pollinated ears that I've found. It was extremely hot during pollination, so the corn did not put on very good ears. Also, as it pollinates, if it gets stressed, it will "tip back" which you can kind of see in the pictures. I'll take more as I check more fields. I saw some really ugly ears out there and threw most of them away in disgust before I could take a picture. It's better than nothing, though. The corn looks really good until you start shucking ears. Not all are bad, not all are good. I have seen some that are filled to the tip, and I've seen some that are worse than the ear on the right. The ear that I split in half was the middle ear. It set quite a few around, but kernel depth also has a lot to do with yield. Only way to really know is at harvest. God will provide, either way, so I'm not too worried about it. Just hard to see when you've put so much time, effort and money into something.

I've only looked at a few beans plants, and they have all been on my place. I can never remember Dad growing beans on this ground, so it will be interesting to see how they do. This plant was 4'6" tall and had 83 pods on it, which is pretty good, I think.

And this afternoon, something we hadn't seen in 2 months. I had 1.5" in my rain gauge, which will allow me to stop irrigating for a day or two. Praise be to God for this blessing. I stood on my porch for almost an hour watching it and texting or calling most of my friends that are involved with agriculture.


  1. Very interesting. Our crops (mostly grass seed) are very similar to yours in that you can count seeds per head and heads per square foot, but you don't really know anything until the combine hits the field.

    Glad you got some rain. And equally glad ours finally stopped.

    1. Pretty weird that some of us are desperate for rain, and some are desperate for it to stop. I'm holding out hope for the crops. Might as well be optimistic.