Tasseled corn beautifies the landscape

South Dakota’s landscape is one of the prettiest this time of year.

Besides awe-inspiring sunsets, corn has tasseled and in Minnehaha County at least acres of fields of vibrant green stalks with golden tops provide a stunning view, especially when the crop fills the slightly rolling hills around here.

When you think about it, corn’s production is pretty complex. There are male and female parts. Tassels, pollen, silk, ears, kernels. It all has to work in a timely way with the best weather conditions and takes place at specific times. Drought and heat cause stress. But when it is all said and done, everything has to come together right to produce those tiny kernels on ears that add up to a bunch of feed for livestock and humans.

I was near Crooks this morning when pollination typically takes place. The weather was beautiful, and I had to take a picture.

Even though this is field corn and not sweet corn, think about the miracle of corn the next time you eat it off the cob, either straight down the row or in a circular motion, whichever you prefer.

And if you get a chance, take a drive in the country and look at the fields. It’s pretty inspiring.

The tassel

The developing ear