Big Corn Crop in Central Maryland

October 11, 2000

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Provided by: Jim Foster, NASA/GSFC
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

The above photo shows corn being harvested in western Montgomery County, Maryland. It's been a good year for corn in Maryland as well as for most all grain crops throughout the Middle Atlantic area. The expression "as high as an elephant's eye" is no exaggeration this year. In some places, corn stalks stood 12 feet high and 3 ears of corn were attached to each stalk. Typically, the corn is about 8 feet high and only 1 or 2 ears are produced on each stalk. Sufficient sunshine, cool temperatures (the coolest since 1918) and generous rains during the growing season led to a bumper crop in terms of bushels harvested. Unfortunately for the farmers, the price of corn is down again this year. In Maryland, corn prices stood at about $2.00 per bushel. Just five years ago, a bushel of corn went for $3.65 per bushel.

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