07
Jun
2011

As Promised…

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I mentioned several weeks ago that our corn has been planted, and I promised a post devoted to the project. Here it is, a little later than intended. But honestly, it’s more fun to share pictures now that the corn is up and growing well, than to just show the planting process.

Isaac, pouring the good stuff into the planter.

filling-the-corn-planter

The building you see in the above picture is not our own. It belongs to our farming friend, Ebenezer, and is filled with laying hens {currently, 3000 layers and 2000 day-old chicks!}. He was kind enough to store our corn seed inside for us when the rain cancelled our initial planting plans. {FYI – work HAS begun on the very first building on LIDL land – YAY! Of course…details will follow. I’ll try not to slack on that promise, ok?}

Ah, here we go…little seeds going into the ground via some green machinery. Jonathan couldn’t be happier! {Thanks so much to all who helped in various ways to get the corn planter here.}

planting-corn

It’s been about three weeks since we planted and the little corn plants are thriving! Here’s a shot of field #3 to prove it.

growing-corn

At this point, three small fields is all we’ve planted, as we have other projects underway {more clearing of land, building, other veggie experiments}. We chose to plant a newly available hybrid variety rather than the local seed which Ghanaian farmers typically replant year after year. Pannar, of South Africa, has recently made their Pan53 variety available in Ghana. Finding quality seed has long been a problem here, so it’s exciting to see new options being made available. Early field tests have shown excellent results, and things certainly look promising to us so far. We’re looking forward to a bountiful harvest.

…and a close-up. {The guys got a nice look at each little stalk of corn as they applied fertilizer by hand!}

corn-closeup
Written by: Juanita

12 Responses to “As Promised…”

  1. Ken, Dawn & family says:

    That’s awesome looking corn John, looks like God is blessing your harvest! Take care,
    Love & prayers to all of you,
    Aunt Dawn for the rest

  2. Matt says:

    Looks great! It’s great seeing the plants grow. We are praying for you guys.
    Matt & Janelle

  3. Levi says:

    Yeah Baby!!!

  4. Rebekah Martin says:

    sounds like exciting times there! thanks for the update. always good to hear from you guys!

  5. Ivan Nolt says:

    Hey, Looks good. Thanks for the post

  6. Carolyn Myer says:

    Thanks for shareing pics with us! It looks like God is blessing your hard work with a beautiful developing crop. Is that corn for animals or people?

  7. Dave Myer says:

    Looks Great!!!!
    It was great seeing it first hand

  8. Jake, Melissa says:

    FUN!! So glad it’s coming out so well. We planted a garden this year. Some to late. Oh well, we’ll know for next year. Thanks for keeping us all updated. I love seeing all your pictures. We pray for you all every night.
    Jake, Melissa, & Tyrell Fisher

  9. Donna says:

    Looking great…so exciting!

  10. Jim says:

    Thanks for keeping us current on the farming enterprise.
    Juanita, talking about ‘hybrid seed’ and yield tests makes
    you sound like a born farmer!
    All our love and prayers.
    Dad

    • Juanita says:

      Ha…Dad, if you only knew the issues I had with writing this post. Yes, this short, tiny little post. I didn’t really know what to say, or how to say it, and I assumed that simply saying, “Hey, we put corn seeds in the ground and they’re growing.” wasn’t really an option. The actual farmer in this family should have just written the post. But, he coached me through it.

  11. Miriam Groff says:

    This looks very much like the corn growing beside my house. I enjoy watching it grow and how quickly it changes. I’m sure it is even more exciting in your situation. Praying for a great crop!