There’s a lot of this growing in fields around here.
Stalks of Corn, row after row, field after field. Thousands of acres of corn and also soybeans.
I pass one during one of my regular walk circuits. I’ve been watching the corn grow “as high as an elephant’s eye by the fourth of July.”
There’s a problem brewing for all the farmers in Illinois, especially in the central portion of the State. We’re more than 4 inches of rain short, much more than that if you go back to a full year.
See that bit of yellow on the stalk to the right. That’s a sign of stress in the corn stalk. Forecast temperatures and lack of rain will push this part of the country into severe drought conditions by next week.
Farmers depend on nature for the elements that nurture their crops. They plant and hope for good conditions. This year, it looks like there will be big problems for local farmers.
I hope it rains soon, and for an extended period.