Winner, a contest, and detasseling

Whew! Time has slipped right past me! I’m under deadline and have been under the weather. Those are never a good combination, are they? 

I have so much I want to share, and only a few minutes.

First, I’d like to send a huge CONGRATS to RITA winner, Linda Goodnight. I’m so excited for her! It truly was an honor to be nominated with such a wonderful lineup of women. We had a blast doing the rounds of interviews. You can read each interview on my Book Lover News blog. Linda has written a few things more and shared them with me, so I’ll post that a little later this week.

Second, I’d like to announce the winner of my July blog contest. The winner is commenter number sixty-one, Judy, from Goldsboro, North Carolina. She’s won an autographed copy of each book in the Sisters of the Quilt series. 

Congratulations, Judy!

I appreciate each comment made here. And I’m always encouraged by the things you share. Thank you.  

It’s time for another contest.

For a chance to win an autographed copy of each book in the Sisters of the Quilt series, all you need to do is leave a comment.  You can share your thoughts or simply post “enter me.” This contest will last approximately two weeks. Because I didn’t get to post this new contest on time, those who entered a comment on the last blog entry after the drawing had taken place will be entered into this contest.

And to round this little blog post session off, I’d like to share a bit about detasseling. Some of you are thinking, what?

Corn detasseling is the crucial last step in producing hybrid corn seed. It involves removing the pollen-producing top part of the plant, the tassel, so the corn can’t pollinate itself. Instead, pollen from another variety of corn grown in the same field is carried by the wind, pollinating the detasseled corn. The result is corn that bears the genetic characteristics of both varieties and can produce healthier crops with higher yields. Despite technological advances in agriculture, detasseling is still a task that for the most part is done by hand.

The excerpt above is from Wall Street Journal, August ’02 To understand the process better, just follow that link.

Perhaps a fair amount of non-Amish are still involved in detasseling. I’m not sure what impact the new breeds of corn and the new machines have had on non-Amish, but detasseling is something Amish youth still do.



Corn with tassels still in place.


Corn with tassels removed.

Bis schpeeder (til later)

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