Knee-High by the Fourth of July: Fact or Fiction?

Knee-High by the Fourth of July: Fact or Fiction?

| By: Britten, Casey T

If you’re from around here, you’ve likely heard it said that if the corn is “knee-high by the Fourth of July,” the crop is in good shape. For a long time, this was an adage used by farmers as an indication of healthy corn. 

However, according to FVTC Agribusiness Agronomy instructor Jason Fischer, with significant advances in agricultural technologies and plant genetics, as well as improved management strategies, we can safely say that most years we should really be saying “waist-high by the Fourth of July.”

2021 is no exception. “With an early planting season, above average temperatures in June, and some much-needed rain over the last week, 2021 is looking to be an awesome year for corn farmers,” says Fischer.

Students studying agriculture at Fox Valley Technical College get an in-depth education about crop production in the Agribusiness Science & Technology--Agronomy associate degree and Agribusiness Agronomy Technician technical diploma programs. Through hands-on learning, students gain skills in integrated pest management, marketing, soil science, nutrient management, crop production, agronomy equipment, Geographic Information Systems/Global Positioning Systems (GIS/GPS) technology and computers, as well as sales and agribusiness.

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In photo: FVTC Agribusiness Science & Technology--Agronomy alum Erik Salm recently standing in one of his corn fields near Larsen, Wisconsin.