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Old 02-12-2017, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Ok Iowa,

When is the best time to see the "Fields of Dreams" site, especially the time of which the corn is at its best?
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I have to admit that I've never been there. But if you're looking for the time when the corn is tallest, to give you the feeling that old ballplayers might come walking out of the field at any time, that would be August.
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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I agree, August would be best. Later August, possibly into early September even depending on the planting schedule that year. Much later than that you risk that the fields being plowed.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern Iowa
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I'd agree with the others, late July through August would probably be the best if it's a normal growing season. Used to be the old saying I always heard growing up was "knee high by the 4th if July. Now days around here it's usually shoulder high or better by then. Last year by the 4th, there was corn here already taller than I am at 6"3. Faster growing these days, through chemicals brought to you by Monsanto. lol
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I'd agree with the others, late July through August would probably be the best if it's a normal growing season. Used to be the old saying I always heard growing up was "knee high by the 4th if July. Now days around here it's usually shoulder high or better by then. Last year by the 4th, there was corn here already taller than I am at 6"3. Faster growing these days, through chemicals brought to you by Monsanto. lol
Ideal growing seasons in years play a part as well, but the chemical enhancements don't hurt.

If you're in a position where you have to plan this trip far ahead of time, I'd try to go no later than the third week of August. If it's a dry year the corn could start to turn by that time which I think would diminish the visual effect. If it's a wet year it should be good through Labor Day or a little after.
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:36 PM
 
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Ideal growing seasons in years play a part as well, but the chemical enhancements don't hurt.

If you're in a position where you have to plan this trip far ahead of time, I'd try to go no later than the third week of August. If it's a dry year the corn could start to turn by that time which I think would diminish the visual effect. If it's a wet year it should be good through Labor Day or a little after.
(SIDE NOTE)


The main reason corn is usually much taller than " knee high by 4th of July" is genetics of seed corn is so much better.


When that saying was popular, corn was planted later in spring because farmers were scared ofa cold spell.


The seed corn today can tolerate cool spring weather a lot better thus there isn't nearly much risk of planting earlier.


I grew corn from early 60's until retirement in 2007.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:24 AM
 
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OJ, folks. Thanks a ton for the info on the Fields of Dreams best time. We're looking at a trip out there and a few other spots. Thanks again.
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