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Let’s Get Corny

Why can’t you tell a secret on a farm? Because The potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!

Why are farmers so cruel? Because they pull corn by the ears!

We’d tell you more farm jokes but you’ve probably herd them all… Ok, ok. Down to business. We’re super excited to be planting our corn this week! Once it grows, these 12 acres will be our corn maze. This year’s maze is a surprise! Don’t ask because we’re not telling! Remember the bit about corn having ears?

You can check out our previous mazes here: https://summersfarm.com/attractions/famous-corn-maze/

At Summers Farm we grow field corn in our maze. Field corn is not the same as the sweet corn you and your family slather with butter and eat for supper. Field corn is found in toothpaste, chips, yogurt, soda, and chewing gum, just to name a few.

When it’s time to plant the corn, we plant the kernels into the soil. Then with the right amount of sunshine and rain, the corn plants begin to grow. The stalks grow taller and pollination occurs. What is unique about corn, is that it pollinates by wind. The tassels on the top of the corn open up and release pollen that then finds the silk that is lower down on the stalk. After pollination the corn kernels grow on the ears. After the corn dries and the festival is over, we harvest it.

Here is a short video about how corn grows and is harvested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU4zMM90Qt0

Want to plant corn at home in your garden? Check out this article in The Old Farmer’s Almanac! https://www.almanac.com/plant/corn

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