Old Farm Sayings or Truisms? AdFarm North Dakota Corn “Up By Memorial Day”

An old farm truism for successful corn crops is “Up by Memorial Day and knee-high by the 4th of July.” So far, the AdFarm North Dakota corn seedlings are on track, sprouting this past weekend.

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Cooperating Farmer Fred Lukens reports, “We had four inches of rain after this corn was planted.   Good for the corn.  Not so good for the remaining soybeans and pinto beans we’re trying to get planted.

“Next step for the corn is to put some early weed control herbicide down, hopefully in the next few days. We’ll see what the weather and logistics allow,” he says.

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Say what?

That saying got us thinking about other farm sayings that apply far beyond fences and fertilizer. Perhaps that’s why we appreciate growers and ranchers so much: Their truisms apply to life, too. Enjoy this collection:

-    Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

-    Always drink upstream from the herd.

-    Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

-    A bumble bee is faster than a tractor.

-    When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

-    Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

Got a farm saying? We’d love to hear it.