2 | FALL HARVEST | November 2020 Town & County Leader | Special Supplement JACK ‘MILES’ VENTIMIGLIA Editor KNOXVILLE, Mo. – While her son, Simon Estes , is off working, Patty Estes deals with livestock at their farm at Dockery Road and Highway K. Most of the corn has been harvested. “He has an early-maturing variety. He planted that in the spring when everyone else planted because he wanted to be able to put wheat in (in the fall),” Patty Estes said. What is left in many corn elds visible across Ray, Clay, Lafayette and Johnson counties are chopped stalks swaying in the wind and a few ears on the ground, with everything looking dark and dry. Corn grown around this area does not always look like those plump yellow ears of sweet corn on shining green stalks seen on television. “They have to be dry to a certain mois- ture content,” Patty Estes said. “When you see the ear of corn hanging down like that, that’s what’s supposed to happen. It dries, it drops. That’s the way they’re supposed to look. If they weren’t dry by now, we’d all be in big trouble. … “His (corn) has been dry, so he’s been able to sell it and take it right to the elevator.” As for those plump ears of corn seen on TV, not every variety is the same, Patty Estes said. CORN COMES OUT, 3 ‘Dry-looking’ corn just right for harvest THIS PHOTO, “Getting the Job Done,” shows Patty Estes working to get a bale of hay onto a truck. The photo, taken by her daughter, Colene McWilliams, wins “Best of Show” in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s second annual photo contest. Estes continues working at the farm this month. COLENE McWILLIAMS | Staff photo THE DIVITS in the kernels of corn show this is dent corn. C orn crop comes in THESE DENT CORN stalks look dry, just they way they should. Special Prebook by Nov. 14 - Call Now!