Time Measured by the Corn

As we work through the 5 phase plan to reopen Illinois something has to occupy our thoughts and time, such as watching the drapes fade, paint dry, grass grow, and of course watching the corn fields develop.  Currently in Phase 3 it is possible to enter Phase 4 by late June.

From Newsweek:

Phase Three: This stage will see manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. Gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed and face covering and social distancing will continue.

Phase Four: Gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be allowed with restaurants and bars to reopen. Travel can resume as well as child care and schools, under the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Following are photos of a field along 7th street just south of town.  Lots of change in roughly 4 week’s time.


Corn just emerging


3 days later rows are beginning to appear


8 days later the field is beginning to green over

Taking off now


One day later more growth is evident



4 days later


Some rain from the remnants of Cristobal would have been appreciated but next to nothing fell here — just a lot of wind, a LOT of wind!

Stay Safe cycling wise and otherwise


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Time Measured by the Corn"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 12, 2020

    A very corny post. They must eat lots of corn on the cob and popcorn there.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 12, 2020

      At one time we raised a huge amount of sweetcorn which was canned, thats mostly gone, just small amounts grown for the local fresh market now.
      Popcorn is very different, contains enough water to make it explode. Nebraska and Indiana lead in production, Illinois does grow some.
      Corn here is Dent Corn, most of which will go into livestock feed. Dent because if has a little dent in the top of the kernel.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 12, 2020

    Yep, grits too. And hominy, a sort of underwater popcorn — soaked in lye until it turns inside out.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: June 13, 2020

    When you say corn fields, you mean corn fields!!! Watching it grow is indeed a study in perseverance ;’-). We here are barely in Phase 2, so a bit behind you in phases. Thanks for your time lapse photos 😉

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 14, 2020

    Corn looks to be going well. I hope it isn’t one of those seasons that started waterlogged and ends up too dry. I tried hominy once. Never again. I love corn and popcorn. I can tolerate grits. No hominy, though, thank you very much 🙂

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