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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Corn Field Project

Corn Field My Son Will Follow

Here’s a photo log project following the annual cycle of planting, growing and harvesting corn. Since at the time we lived next to a private farm with a corn field, I thought it would be a great opportunity to offer my son a real life teaching environment. The best approach for us was to do a monthly photo beginning with May (since the plants had begun to sprout) and follow through the rest of the cycle. We visited the field each month to take a photo, observed the changes and documented a few notes so he could see the growth process month-by-month. We really enjoyed this project and thought it best to document it through this page rather than a post. We hope you enjoy following the corn field photo log with us. You can click on a photo to see a larger image version.

May 2012

May 2012

May 2012:

This was our first visit to the corn field. The corn is already growing. The stalks reach to just about my son’s knee. When we went up close, we saw the plant’s leaves, dried dirt and even a few old cobs and husks on the ground left over from the last harvest. Although it is just the beginning of the growing cycle, you can already see a large green field.

June 2012

June 2012

June 2012:

The corn has grown quite a bit in a month’s time. The stalks now reach just about my son’s head (though the top leaves go past it). The base is thick and you can barely see the ground. The leaves are bright green, long and sturdy. The field is packed full so we won’t be able to walk through it, but we’ll still be able to come up to the edge for our purpose.

July 2012

July 2012

July 2012:

Although the past few weeks have been unseasonably hot and dry, the corn is growing. During this visit we saw an ear of corn growing within each stalk. The ground and surrounding grass were dry and brittle. Some of the outer leaves are yellow and dry but the rest of the stalk is green and seems healthy. We expect rain soon so we hope that will help the corn continue to grow as expected.

August 2012

August 2012

August 2012:

The corn field looks worrisome. The heat and dry conditions have taken their toll. Not being farmers we can’t really say if this is going to result in a complete loss of crop but as my son said, “When the farmer comes to see his corn, he’s going to be really sad!” I agreed. We’re hoping it can be saved but the stalks and cobs didn’t look good.

September 2012

September 2012

September 2012:

Sadly, this year’s crop was a total loss. The Summer drought was too much to recover from. Although this was not a good year for harvest, the project was helpful in teaching my son about the overall growth process, drought and some of the challenges farmers deal with. Hopefully next year will be a better one for our farmer neighbor.

Post-Harvest 2012

Post-Harvest 2012

Final Photo:

The corn field, now cut down, hosts a flock of Canada geese in search of food from the leftover scraps. It’s great to see nothing goes to waste in nature! We are not sure if our farmer neighbor will replant his corn crop for next year so we are glad we decided to follow it this year.

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