My Generation

Downed Corn Along the Road

Saw something interesting today as I was driving up to the Quad Cities. Just into Mercer County, the most beautiful field of corn had taken some...

Saw something interesting today as I was driving up to the Quad Cities. Just into Mercer County, the most beautiful field of corn had taken some serious wind damage, knocking down a swath of corn maybe 70 yards wide and probably a third of a mile long. It must’ve been a whale of a storm, because stalks weren’t just bent over, they snapped in two. I’m guessing it happened a month prior, judging by the browning leaves and stalk injuries – and by all the tree limbs that were down and had already turned brown. Two interesting points to note: 1/ it appeared to be the only field in that area with wind damage – fields just adjacent stood perfectly. And 2/ those crazy broken-off stalks – the stumps – were actually trying to produce a tiny little ear. Never mind that the tassel was lying on the ground, dead. Clearly, corn has a will to reproduce.

I’ll share a couple photos from the field. Apologies for the quality – I shot them with my little point-and-shoot Nikon. It may not do the most professional job, but it sure fits nicely into my purse/diaper bag/pocket. And hey, truth be told, I wasn’t really working – I was actually traveling with a couple girlfriends for a fun evening on the town. I’ll spare you the details, but will share that I was talked into trying sushi; it wasn’t bad, but the cattle industry needn’t worry about losing a beef eater.


A couple stalks stand at the edge of the field.


Check out the tiny ear that’s shooting up from the left side.


Ugh. Enough to make you go home and be thankful for what you’ve got – and really feel for this farmer.

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