Today while loading some wheat I went out into one of my corn fields to look around. I didn’t really want to, but the curiosity was getting to me. Things were as I expected them to be, or maybe even worse.
Here is a picture some corn from the historically best spot in one of the highest yielding corn fields on my farm. Noticed I said one of the best fields, and historically best, or highest yielding spot in that field. This is not an average field or average ears from this field. THIS IS THE BEST.
In a “normal” year I would expect to see 180-210+ corn yields in this area of this particular field. In a normal year, this field would yield in the 150-160 range.
The quarter and nickel are for size/comparative purposes.
If you look very closely you can see that these plants set some big ears to start with. Most were in the 18 round to 45 long when you count potential grains. The best ear pictured was 18 round and 14 long but you can see by the seed size that they are not much bigger than popcorn. Very shallow grains.
If they finish out and don’t shrink back, I really wonder how I am going to shell them. I mean the whole ear isn’t much bigger around than the corn stalk at this point. Setting the corn head to get these ears will be a nightmare.
Still is is better than most of the corn, which either didn’t even set an ear or didn’t pollinate.