Field Corn- Ready For Harvest

The corn is ready to harvest. Golden ears protected by dry corn husks hang from dead stalks. Late summer breezes rustle through the field.

A little more than 4 months ago, the seed corn was planted. It took about seven 12 hour days, but on April 19th, the last seeds went into the ground.

Planting corn on April 19

Here, Harland checks the seed depth to ensure that the planter is adjusted correctly before covering the tiny seed back up with soil.

Seed corn- April 19

By April 27, the corn had germinated, and was about 2 inches tall.

April 27 - Corn Seedlings

Chilly spring days turned into a lazy hot summer.  The corn grew incredibly fast, and by June 24 it was 6 feet tall.

June 24 -Field Corn

Today, it looks like this. We will harvest it in a couple weeks when the moisture content of the corn kernels has decreased.

Field Corn- September 30

The corn husks act as a raincoat for the corn ears, protecting them from the elements.

Peeling back the husks reveals neat rows of bright yellow-orange corn kernels.

When Harland begins the harvest, I’ll take lots of pics to share with you.


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14 Responses

  1. Cathy H. says:

    Wow! You are so incredibly talented!! Who would think that corn could be so beautiful!! I’m new to your site, but already you are one of my top favorite sites to follow!! Everytime I visit I go further back into your archieves. They’re all wonderful!!

  2. Granny J says:

    What Cathy H. said! Wow! Plus all the rest!;)

  3. Glenda says:

    Does your variety of corn dent on top of the kernel when it is ready for harvest? ( I realize this is a Harland question). I just love that it is now September! My favorite time of year is fall.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Glenda,
      I know that it dents, but not sure if it is telling us it is ready or it just dents for the heck of it. I’ll ask the expert.
      You just love fall because it is when your b’day is. 🙂

  4. Suzanne, hey I’m glad to hear about your plum jelly! I can’t wait to see a post! You’ve really got me intrigued because now I want to do it too! As soon as I see how to do it, I am going to buy some plums and give it a try. I have never had plum jelly and I bet it’s delish! As for my pear butter…I worked yesterday and today, but tomorrow I am off work and the kids will be at school and the hubby at work…so it is definately pear butter time! I am ready and excited. I bought my jars at Wal Mart. They even came with the lids and rings..the whole thing was $6 and it has 12 half pint jars! not bad huh! P.S. I was on your blog last night looking at this post and it was very late, like midnight or something, and I can’t believe I forgot to comment! I’m so sorry! Anyhow…I wanted to say that I loved your pictures of the field corn because it makes me think of fall…and also when you described the late summer breeze rustling through the corn stalks it just made me feel like I could hear it!! I love that! Also I wanted to say that I am jealous that you have free corn stalks to use if you want to decorate with them all tied up real pretty with some pumpkins next to them. If I want dried corn stalks, I have to pay…get ready…$6 to $8 for 4 dead, dried corn stalks!!! That to me is highway robbery! But…I can totally understand it is a good way for the farmer to make some money…so I don’t blame them. But geeeeezzzz!!! Could ya send me some?! Just kidding! Ok..this was a seriously long comment!!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Let me know how the pear butter turned out. I’m sure you did fine, and it is delish! So glad you enjoyed the corn pics. Once the harvest starts, there will be a lot more corny pics to come. Wish we could sell our cornstalks out there- we have acres and acres of them. Wish I could send you some- $6 for 4 stalks is ridiculous.
      Hope you had a great pear butter making day.

  5. Teresa says:

    Looks beautiful! My corn is still green, and it won’t come out of the fields for quite a while yet.

    • Suzanne says:

      You had all that rain earlier so I’m not surprised the corn there is green. You’re harvest will be more like October then?

  6. Doe of Mi. says:

    Fond farm memories again this morning, thanks.

  7. Sandii says:

    Wow…these pictures are beautiful. I’m a city girl that stumbled onto your site. I remeber as a child the harvesting of sweet corn at a farmers near where I grew up, but firld corn is something new to me. Thank you for sharing.

    • Suzanne says:

      You’re welcome Sandi, and thank you! I’ve only ever had sweet corn in the garden – I can’t imagine harvesting a field of it by hand.

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