Randall Grabau Copyright 2012
The summer of 2012 was an exceptionally dry year, not only in our area, but also across most of the nation.
Corn planted in April or early May had germinated and grown quickly. My corn did not get planted until after the 18th of May. By the middle of June, the drought was in full swing with most all of the corn showing signs of stress. The corn on our farm did not look too bad early in the morning, but by noon much of it had curled up leaves as the corn plants tried to preserve what little moisture they had. This continued with only small, insignificant showers through Independence Day. It amazed me that there was any life left at all in these young, struggling, corn plants.