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'Knee-high by 4th of July' corn doesn't ring true anymore

People still love the catchy old phrase that corn ought to be "knee-high by the 4th of July." But it doesn't apply in a modern-day farming age of genetically modified plants. These days, an elephant's eye is closer to the mark.
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People still love the catchy old phrase that corn ought to be "knee-high by the 4th of July." But it doesn't apply in a modern-day farming age of genetically modified plants. These days, an elephant's eye is closer to the mark.

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