Wapsie Valley Corn Facts 2021
In 2021, Wapsie Valley Corn was grown in Independence Township on 4.25 acres on the farm known as “Pleasant View Farm.” This farm was established in 1824 by J.M Welsh. Welsh is listed in the Caldwell Atlas as a farmer, grain, stock and wool grower. The farm was dormant for many years; however since 2006, organic grains and hay were grown on this farm. Weatherbury Farm has farmed this land since 2017. This farm has been certified organic since 2006.
The corn was planted on May 20, 2021.
In a “normal” year, we rotary hoe the corn twice and cultivate it twice. Due to rain, we didn’t have the opportunity to rotary hoe the corn or cultivate it. It was interesting to note that the corn didn’t suffer from not being rotary hoed or cultivated.
The corn was harvested on November 9 2021.
At the 2021 Washington County Fair, Weatherbury’s corn stalks placed 1st — beating all the GMO corn in the county! This was the third year our stalks placed 1st — repeating their victory of both 2016 and 2017. The ears of corn placed 1st also and the jar of corn placed 4th.
And as to taste — cornbread made with Weatherbury’s cornmeal and pastry flour won 1st place in 2021. The cornbread has placed at the county fair 6 out of the past 7 years.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour (and how corn becomes cornmeal and polenta), visit the from seed to flour page.
More information on Wapsie Valley Corn below the pictures!
About Wapsie Valley Corn
Wapsie Valley Corn is an open-pollinated heirloom dent corn dating back to the 1850s. It produces ears of either all coppery red or all dark yellow kernels.
Corn is a spring planted crop. Because Weatherbury Farm is organic, we rotary hoe and cultivate the corn to lessen the impact of weeds.
Products Milled from Wapsie Valley Corn
Polenta and cornmeal are both milled from Wapsie Valley corn, which has both a visual and flavor punch.
During the past seven years, cornbread made with Weatherbury’s cornmeal and sifted pastry flour has won four first place ribbons
and two second places at the county fair.
Health Benefits of Corn
Corn is a rich source of vitamins A,B,E and minerals (phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper). With a high fiber content, it plays a significant role in preventing digestive ailments. It is rich in phytochemicals which provides protection against a number of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
To read more about polenta and cornmeal, please visit our products page.
More information on corn and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm are on the grains we grow page.