When you walk near corn fields you might hear a familiar snapping noise. It could be the wind, but at this time of rapid growth you could literally be hearing corn grow.
It seems like overnight corn does from 4” to head-high, but how fast does it really grow? Pioneer Field Agronomist Ryan Bates decided to see for himself by using a unique measuring tool—spray paint.
*Use slider below to see before and after*Use the slider to see before and after
In response to his Tweet, several others shared their methods for tracking corn growth, one such method is using a marker on the growing point, see below:
I just use a black marker pen & mark the growing point. Use this to see if crop or weeds are actively growing after frosts to determine whether it’s ok to spray. Nice photo with the paint though! pic.twitter.com/5gMkn6m5P0— Crazy Jespersen (@crazy_cksas) June 13, 2018
Here is Bate’s original Tweet, be sure to check out the responses for more creative ideas you might be able to use to track corn growth on your farm.
How much is corn growing in 24 hours right now? Spray some plants and see. Great visual to demonstrate crop growth. (Picked this up from someone on Twitter this weekend so thank you) pic.twitter.com/HSPmIh272U— Ryan Bates (@rtb175) June 12, 2018