Economic Tidbits


“The phrase ‘knee high by the fourth of July’ likely emerged during the 19th century . . . There are claims that it was first seen in an eastern Iowa newspaper on July 3, 1884. Others claim it originated during colonial times . . . this particular phrase served as a simple, yet effective, benchmark for assessing the progress of corn crops . . . Corn that was knee-high by early July was likely to mature properly and yield a good harvest come late summer and early fall.” Lila Nolan, Morning AgClips, July 5, 2024.

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