Tassel-high By The Fourth

Is this a typical crop year? Not in Albert Lea, Minn., where I spent my Fourth of July holiday this year. As you can see, the corn is eight-feet tall and tasseling out on Independence Day. The field you see, owned by retiree Paul Madsen, looks two weeks ahead of schedule. Have you ever seen it tasseling this early? "No, no. No," Madsen says. I didn’t ask him about the possibility of a link to global warming. So, you farmed for a living, Mr. Madsen? "That, and everything else." How are the crops doing in your area?

Tassel-high by the Fourth