Early Growth


A corn plant in the VE (emergence) stage. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


The central-Iowa cornfield in these photos was planted on April 30th or May 1st, later than normal due to this spring’s wet, cold weather. The photos were taken Sunday, May 15th.

In the photo above, Jackson is pointing to a corn plant in the VE (emergence) stage. The first leaf collar is not yet visible; it is below the soil surface.

In the middle photo, the two little green spikes toward the top of the photo (you can see them by clicking on the photo) are also in the VE stage. Closer to the bottom of the same photo, the plants are in a more advanced stage. (The early stages are determined by the number of visible leaf collars.)

An explanation of corn growth stages, including leaf collars, is here. Photos, with explanatory captions, of corn plants at varying stages are here.

Corn plants in varying growth stages. (Click twice on photo to enlarge.)


Jackson, Grandpa Bill and the neighbor's cornfield two weeks after it was planted. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


The article excerpt below offers an explanation of early corn plant growth. The article makes reference to growing degree units/heat energy.

An explanation of GDUs is at this site. Included is a comparison of the average daily accumulation of GDUs in Spencer, Decorah, Boone, Atlantic, and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, from 1996-2010 at key times during the growing season.

Click on this excerpt to magnify the text and photo. Note that the photo title includes the word "Pre-emergence." (I.e., this entire seedling was covered by soil until it was removed from the soil for the purpose of this photo.) Posted, with permission, from Field Connection, a newsletter of the Farnhamville, Iowa, Farmers Cooperative Co.

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3 Responses to “Early Growth”

  1. Peg Moore Says:

    LOVE the new banner! ❤

    More later!

  2. Marti Carlson Says:

    Really liked this article – both the information and seeing Jackson with Bill in the field.

  3. Marti Carlson Says:

    I just saw the banner too. Beautiful!

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