What A Day: Mudding In the Corn
Wet ground proved a strong adversary for many farmers this spring. Buried deep, one can only hope this planter was easier to get out than it looks.
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Gloria Orcutt, Vinton, Iowa, paints a fiberglass garden-themed ear of corn for the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts.
Small-Town Corn Pride
Fiberglass ears of corn are popping up all over Vinton, Iowa, thanks to the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts. The 7' statues, painted in a variety of themes, will be auctioned to raise money for community art projects.
The original model, made by Brian Parr and Rick Poldberg, was built with plaster and wood. FastCorp in Sparta, Wis., created a mold and made the 20 fiberglass statues for the project.
Originally, the statues were to be auctioned during the guild’s art show in June. But like its real field-growing muse, rain delayed the crop from appearing until a celebration could be rescheduled later this fall.
What was your first step to cut seed costs in 2015? Here’s what the 1,064 respondents of a recent Farm Journal Pulse said:
55%- No change
20%- Reduce traits
13%- Plant more conventional
9%- Cut fertilizer
2%- Cut pesticide
1%- Cut herbicide