SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS
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- FARMING METHODS
- Describes the patchy rain in the area that has left some farms dry while others wet, affecting the soybean crop. Need for pumping water. Need for good weather with your irrigation because even if there is water, scorching paralyses growth. High humidity encourages growth. "Knee-high by the Fourth of July" refers more to the old open-pollinated corn that had to be planted and up early. Hybrid corn with fertilizer might be shoulder high by July fourth. An early frost could ruin this schedule. In 1974 a frost hit in September, catching late-planted beans without even pods formed.