These celery root plants were planted about a week or two after the July 3rd rain, so they have been in the ground for over a month. They are still smaller than my cell phone.
The broccoli plants themselves are not too bad size-wise, but they are either not forming a discreet head, more like a cluster of little shoots like in this plant
Or if they are forming a head, the broccoli heads are very small.
Then here are some green beans that are out in the field right now. The plants are not much bigger than this water bottle and they are starting to flower and will be forming pods soon.
Then there are two different patches of sweet corn that were planted at approximately the same time. The first patch should be taller than this, but it is growing in the wettest corner of the field and actually produced pretty well for us. This is the corn that my mom, my sister and I put up in the freezer last week to enjoy all winter long.
And there this is the patch that is planted in a drier area of the field. This sweet corn variety normally produces plants that are about 7 feet tall but they are tasseling and are not even waist high. I have no idea why I am smiling in this picture because I really really REALLY love this variety of sweet corn and it is sad to see it like this.
Mike has replanted some of the cold tolerant plants such as carrots, spinach and beets and is hoping for a late frost. Those seeds are just starting to come up. All of the earlier plantings died in the ground due to lack of rain.
And since the blog is entitled "Drought 2012 and Other Challenges", I thought I would show a few pictures of how wildlife can impact crops. We actually have not had too many problems with raccoons in the sweet corn until just this past week. Perhaps it was because we wiped out the family that decimated the early blueberry crop and it took awhile for new ones to find their way over here. Who knows, but they are here now. We are tolerating the damage right now, but will have to start setting traps again if the problem escalates.
And then last but not least is a look at the soybeans planted this year. The bushel per acre yield will be lower than average but so much better than what has been happening in the hardest hit drought area of the Midwest. Overall the plants do not look too bad.
But you don't have to look far to find areas of the field that sit next to a groundhog den. Pretty impressive groundhog damage shows why farmers hate groundhogs. From standing in waist high beans in the previous photo to standing in beans that aren't even knee high.
I asked Mike if he thought last year's disastrous year when we had over 2 feet more rain than normal was better or worse than this year and he said it was too early to tell. It really depends on what happens with all the late plantings of vegetables.