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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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July 11: Picture of the Day

July 11, 2010 at 06:12 PM

It has been a strange year for corn here in Illinois. Planted early, then wet, now uneven and—in some cases—bothered by insects like this earworm pictured above.

This little rascal tagged along in an ear from The Farmer, who was a bit mortified that his always delicious sweet corn had a few worms. That news made my day. I knew when I got home to shuck corn I’d have a picture. Well, this was the only worm I found. But he was suitably ugly to make the blog.

The Farmer said sweet corn yields are down considerably this year and expects the same will likely be true of field corn. How could it not? Fields are so uneven this year due to the excess moisture.

The good news, though, is that combines will be rolling by Labor Day. The Farmer said corn will dry down quick. That means an early harvest. And that means good news for deer hunters.

But an early harvest might not help dove hunters. If corn is already coming out by Sept. 1 (which is possible) doves will be more scattered, since they can always find a picked field.

Time will tell. For now, it’s time to eat sweet corn. Six ears down. And counting.


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