MOUNT VERNON — The right weather at the right time, along with the right management by farmers, and the crops will respond.
That, essentially, is what has happened with the corn crop so far this year, said Knox County Ohio State University Extension Educator John Barker.
“There was a time, early, when there was a little concern about planting because it was so wet,” he said, “but most of the fields got planted and with the combination of heat and moisture, the corn just took off.”
Some fields were even tasseling out by July 4.
“That’s what we want to see,” said Barker. “The old adage of corn needing to be “knee high by the Fourth of July” is from a time when corn was often not planted as early.
“At one time many farmers didn’t think about planting until May 1, now they expect to be done by May 1.”
“I grew up in central Illinois and we expected corn to be this tall and tasseling by July. That’s because the farmers got into the field to plant earlier.”