Sunday, October 25, 2015

Yellows at Moss Glen Falls


  1. It's Sunday and Dean is still first. But we are all showing up last! Ha!

  2. Couldn't visit with one set of grands today but ended up getting a call to visit a different set of grands today. So that was a nice way for things to work out in the end. :-)

  3. A New Formula for a Real Democratic Majority [Click] From American Prospect.


    It was clear Saturday, then cloudy Sunday morning and mid-day; I wondered if the clouds might be from the hurricane that hit Mexico, but satellite photos showed them to be part of another weather system. Cotton is not yet completely harvested. A large planting of something had grown enough that I could stop and up close recognize it as carrots. A very large amount of land is being beautifully prepared for row crops, but most is not yet planted, so I have no idea what will be growing in those fields. Some of that land has been fallowed for a couple of years. In the business news the other day it said that despite the drought California farm production had increased.

    Tiring weekend at the hospital, but much less work than the previous two weekends. I had three instrument problems that people had left for me, perhaps without realizing it, but got them fixed. All rather unusual things. Soon to bed.

  4. Bill--re corn fields, I was struck by the stunted appearance of the corn fields in and near Ontario when we visited there, but all the reports were that it was a good harvest. Out here the corn is still around eight feet tall, sometimes ten feet. I investigated, and it seems that modern dent corn varieties produce more corn on smaller plants than the older varieties. Hereabouts much of the corn is used for silage, so the bigger the plant the better. Sweet corn is a bit smaller, maybe around six or seven feet. I suppose "cow corn" would be for silage.


    1. Here's what I found on a quick search:
      Sweet Corn

      Grown for eating fresh on the cob or freezing and canning, the height of sweet corn stalks varies greatly. Some early season varieties of sweet corn such as "Early Sunglow," only reach 4 to 5 feet in height. Later season varieties such as "Jubilee" typically grow 7 or more feet tall. New sweet corn varieties designed to grow in pots or containers may only reach 4 or 5 feet tall.

      From what I had read and what I see out the bus window while traveling through the Corn Belt, I had the impression that shorter varieties were now the norm. And I believe the shorter varieties are relatively new -- meaning within the past 30-40 years.