Corn Country

I have live in “corn country” for about 32 years.  Eighteen years in Illinois and fourteen years in Ohio.  Today I saw something that I have never seen before.

Mrs. Chief and I drove down to Fulton Farms, (and here) southeast of Troy, Ohio for some fresh tomatoes.  (Our tomato plants have beau coup green tomatoes but nothing even turning pink.)  And we saw a local disaster in the making.

On plenty of occasions I have seen corn plants under stress from lack of rain.  Instead of having flat leaves getting as much sunlight as possible, a corn plant under drouth stress will have leaves that are curled tight and sticking straight up or as straight as possible.  Corn plants, like most other plants, breathe by a process called transpiration.  The roots take in moisture and the leaves expel some moisture.

On State Route 202 about a mile north of the Fulton Farms vegetable stand is a filed of sweet corn that is dried with very little green showing.

So far this month, WeatherBug says Troy (ZIP 45373) has had 9/10 of an inch of rain.  Dying lawns are one thing, but farmers in western Ohio can normally expect enough rain to grow a good crop with out the need to provide supplemental watering.

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