Thursday, September 8, 2011

Corn Fest Flop







Remember back in May, how excited I was to share with you the corn crop we planted? Then I updated you on the progress of the crop, and finally the finished product, the sweet yellow corn had arrived!


Well...I'm here to report we didn't have the corn fest like I had hoped.


Sometimes things don't work out the way we intend.

Growing problems got in the way.

Life got in the way too.


We were too busy with summer activities to plan a weekend corn fest.





This is how it went....



The corn was planted.

It grew really great, for a long while.

When the temperatures began to heat up outside, half of the crop slowed its vigorous growing. It began to look a bit stunted and malnutricianed.  The soil was more sandy where the corn wasn't growing well, so possibly the nutrients weren't enough to provide the health needed to produce good corn.

That left us with half of a crop that was really great!

We still had yet another problem and that was the worms. Growing organically poses many challenges and worms are the number one in our part of the country.  The worms come from small moths that flutter around in the evening and lay their eggs on the corn.  The eggs eventually hatch and turn into 
ugly-corn-eating-worms.


For some people that isn't a huge problem, because you can simply cut off the section with the pesky worm, but for those of us that don't like the sight of  live moving bugs on the food your going to eat, it's not so good.


Fortunately, for me, the cowboy's picked the corn, shucked the corn, and cut off any parts of the corn that might have had a worm on it and gave it to me all nice and pretty because they knew I was squeamish about the whole thing.  
  
So we ate our fair share of corn for a week or two and our cowboys and their families munched away on the rest. Next year we will try again with a host of organic sprays and techniques to keep the pests at bay and we will move the corn to another field with better soil.






This is the "dead" corn plant from the stunted crop.




As the saying goes...better luck next time.







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