HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Let’s mark this momentous holiday by announcing our COUNTDOWN TO CORN…23 SLEEPS!!!
How do we know this you may ask??? Well, while it is not an exact science and corn can be a wee bit elusive some years, dating first pick of the season is based on SILK!!!!
The silk is the female portion of corn production while the tassel is the male!
The pollen begins forming in the small pods in the tassel and begins to release and prepare to drop onto the sticky silk of the cob.
Timing is everything here and while wind and gravity are the primary methods of transfer it is critical not to disturb the pollen too early…before the silk is fully exposed.
Each strand of silk is attached to a wee kernel of corn…somewhat like an umbilical cord!
If the timing is off or the silk is broken then that kernel will not develop into a part of the juicy goodness that awaits you when you take your first bite of one of our Snyder Dozen!
This is why we can not risk overhead irrigating during this critical time of production and are continuing to invest in drip irrigation on our farm!
When the crop is at the 50% silk stage we can begin making a prediction of our first harvest date. Weather will definitely influence this projection so be sure to stay tuned as we continue our corn journey of 2020!!
These are exciting days if you’re a corn plant…and a lover of all things ‘corn’!! And we are!
In the blink of an eye, these vibrant, healthy plants are growing like crazy! Each stalk will put on 1,2 and sometimes 3 starter cobs…but ultimately 2 of them will abort and the plant will put all of its remaining energy into producing a single glorious cob! Even at this stage you can count the kernels on each row around!
Stay tuned for the incredible world of silk!
Tassel in the Whorl!
When the tassel emerges, it marks a significant change in the focus of the corn plant. Corn switches from vegetative growth (producing roots, stalks, and leaves) to producing that glorious cob of golden goodness! These are exciting days in the life of our sweet corn crop and we look forward to sharing them with you!
Have you ever wondered how we are able to have corn for you from Mid-July thru Labour Day?!?
First, we plant 2 varieties of Gourmet Sweet sweet corn…Kickoff and Awesome. Each has a different day length which determines how many days to harvest from the 2 leaf stage. We also plant at different times from the last week in April until the third week in June! And finally, we plant into biodegradable mulch as well as on bare ground. The combination of these three techniques allows us to stage the corn for harvest throughout the summer season for you and your family to enjoy!
Each fall, these majestic birds offer our soil ‘free nutrients’ as they forage through the remains of our sweet corn crop! This is a most welcome gift, however come spring, they return with their young families to enjoy life along the banks of the Grand River. To their delight, and our dread, our little shoots of sweet corn make for a yummy snack 😬 In very short order, they will mow down several acres of corn plants which means less corn to harvest for your enjoyment!
In 2019 we ‘hired’ Tika, our sons dog, to guard the banks from their intrusion. While this was semi-successful, it did nothing for our other in season challenge of swarms of blackbirds who wreak havoc on the crop by pecking a few kernels from the tips of each cob causing it to turn brown and become less presentable for consumption! They’re damage makes sorting a tedious task and can cause acres of loss and waste.
We were very excited this winter to come across a new tool using laser technology to harmlessly repel birds. To the human eye, we see a tiny dot moving along the ground in a preprogrammed pattern. A ‘birds eye’ view was captured on a rainy morning last week. Rain or shine, the bird sees the complete beam which encourages them to seek a less disruptive dinner table elsewhere!!
We stand a’maize’d at this absolutely incredible crop of sweet corn. This heat along with the moisture we received on Saturday morning in the form of a heavy fog, has advanced the corn by ‘leaves’ and bounds! My heart is still so full thinking of the love and dedication of each of our Summer Snyder’s efforts as we never could have saved our golden babies in time for the growth spurt they just experienced!
Can’t wait to serve you all this July!!
Save the baby corn!
Today was the day that we begin the tedious task of walking each row of corn to guide the tiny corn plants through the holes that they didn’t seem to come through naturally. Most years, it’s just a couple of our kids that do it over the course of five days 😬This year however, 20 of our Summer Snyders came out to help and we completed the task in just five hours! 🌽 We are so thankful and our hearts are full at their willingness to step in and get the task done!
So when you come this summer for your Snyder Dozen be sure to thank our Corny Crew for rescuing one or two of yours!
Sweet corn never ceases to ‘a-maize’ me!! It is designed to grow and grow it has…even in less than favourable conditions!! 🥶
As we go into a few chilly nights and not so warm days we can be very thankful that this little guys’ growing point is still in the seed. At around the 6 leaf stage it will transfer its nutrient needs to the well established roots and chlorophyll creating leaves! In the meantime the seed will continue to provide its nutritional needs 😀 which should allow it to come through a bit of frost reasonably unscathed!
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What a wonderful day to plant our first sweet corn of 2020!
These seeds have a hope and a future…but first they must go into the dark soil in order to have life breathed into them!! We as farmers do not control or orchestrate this process, we are merely privileged to be a small part of it. Every season we have the opportunity to learn from all that our Creator has to teach us through this amazing journey and I am looking forward to watching each step along the way with you!