The old timers have long said you can hear the corn grow in the heat and humidity of a July day.
If that’s the case, we won’t have to listen to closely these days to hear that corn growing. It’s July, and it’s hot and muggy — perfect corn-growing weather, but not necessarily the best weather for critters and people.
A drive across the eastern and northern parts of the WAXX 104.5 listening area during the past couple of days has shown that the corn has been growing plenty, as have the soybeans, oats, hay and other crops.
The corn seen across the region easily beat the “knee high on the Fourth of July” adage.
The oats, of which there seems to be a little more planted than in recent years, has has fully headed out in fields we noticed during the drive; it made us look forward to the harvest gold appearing in those fields during coming weeks.
Also, sales barn managers are reminding us to move our cattle during the mornings’ relative coolness as much as possible, a reminder the savvy farmers already have considered.
Be safe in this heat, and we invite you to find a moment to listen to the corn grow.
This, then, is July.
— Scott Schultz