This late August we flew on our first cover crop into standing corn. We seeded cereal rye. Here’s a shot of the nice green blanket it created. We’ve had optimal weather for germination and growth.
These aren’t the ears the wolf means from Little Red Riding Hood, but the ears from our fields. Notice how there is very little ‘tipping back’ at the top of the ear, meaning that there was little to no environmental stress during pollination. Some say that it’s during the early R stages that determine seedling size and ear growth. Others say its during pollination. This is yet another reason we have a corn surplus this year.