We have an absolutely beautiful crop of corn out there folks!!
Almost perfect pollination is complete on our first couple of plantings and the silks are beginning to dry down.
Next stage is to plump up and show some colour!!
Mmmmmmm…I can almost taste it! 🌽
Only 16 SLEEPS!!!
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I’m getting so big!!! And so are all my corny friends 🌽🌽
Just look what 4 sleeps did! This first crop is progressing along nicely and is at the perfect stage to explain the importance of silks.
The silks are what we often think of as a nuisance when it’s time to cook up some delicious Snyder’s Corn. But don’t be too hasty to judge those stray hairs that get stuck in our fresh corn as they are of utmost importance to kernel development.
Each silk is attached to an individual kernel. As the cob grows and begins to stretch out, the silks will push through the husk to hang out and become sticky just waiting for the pollen from the plants tassel to drop on it! This process is referred to as pollination and it is when the kernel determines if it will plump up and become one of approximately 700 juicy, sweet kernels that make up the perfect cob of Snyder’s Sweet Corn!
This plant has already decided it’s potential and now it is up to the environment (and a ton of Snyder Loving Care) to nurture and encourage it as it strives to fulfill that potential.
So let’s hear it for an incredible design and SLC!
Looky here, looky here!!! Doesn’t this just make your mouth water???
Hidden in this cozy shell is a treasured treat 🌽 As the baby cob develops, everything it will need and be is already present…it just gets bigger! If you look close you can even see the short little silks growing along side each teeny tiny kernel!!
Stay tuned for more exciting growth details in my upcoming posts!! I can hardly wait 😊
So much growth and so much more to come!
(Caution and our apologies to those sensitive to the destruction of individual corn plants for research purposes)
If you look closely you can see the tassel as well as layer upon layer of leaves just waiting to stretch out! These leaves will allow the plant to take in all the sunshine and convert it to beautiful sweet 🌽 !
Somewhere deep inside a baby cob of corn is developing…such exciting times ahead!!
Is it any wonder that green is my favourite colour?!?!
Each season is full of what we like to call ‘learning opportunities’. As farmers and stewards of the land, it is our responsibility to capitalize on what we experience and ‘grow’ from it. Here is a beautiful example of my farmer doing just that. With the help of our agronomist, he recognized the need for better fertilizer placement to help our corn babies get off to a great start. They built a double dry fertilizer system for our bare ground planter and added a dry placement program when we laid the plastic and this seems to be just what the plant doctor ordered!!
This has to be one of our finest and most even looking crops of sweet corn to date!! Just look at all those happy green plants doing exactly what our creator designed them to do!
What an exciting privilege it is to grow food for you and yours!!! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family’s table!!