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Knee high by the Fourth of July?

July 5, 2014
Times-Republican
T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY
A field of corn northeast of Marshalltown belies the old Farmer’s Almanac prediction that if corn was “knee high by the Fourth of July,” it would yield a bumper crop. Conversely, it was not “high as an elephant’s eye” from the song “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from the 1943 musical “Oklahoma,” but in between. The Farmer’s Almanac adage was used years before hybrids, high-powered fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and modern irrigation systems now common place. The “high as an elephant’s eye” statement is more reflective of modern farming practices. Height is also determined by corn variety and weather conditions, among other factors.
 
 
 

 

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