WE GROW CORN
The Brad McCauley family is featured in a new STEM educational book produced by Kansas Corn, “We Grow Corn — Raising corn on a Kansas family farm.” The book, along with a series of videos, is available to teachers across the state this fall. Pictured are Danyelle (back, left) and Brad McCauley, and Reese (front, left) Morgan, Andrew and Kamryn.
HOW IT GROWS
Brad McCauley said one of his favorite things about doing the book was the opportunity to teach his own children some of the scientific details of what is happening throughout the season in the fields. In this photo, he is showing his son, Andrew, an immature ear of corn.
When it comes to understand the science of how corn plants grow and produce grain, digging up a plant to examine the root ball is instructive. This plant was grown on the Brad McCauley farm.
Brad McCauley’s father, Ken, checks on the progress of the crop in one of his fields in northeast Kansas. Ken McCauley is a past president of the National Corn Growers Association and remains active in the Kansas Corn Commission. It was his work that led Brad’s family to become involved with the production of a book on growing corn.
Morgan McCauley holds up an immature corn ear pulled from a stalk to check its progress during the growing season.
Andrew, the youngest of the McCauley family, finds a good spot for watching the happenings on the family farm.
FAMILY IN THE FIELD
Checking the health of the crop early in the season provides an opportunity for teaching about the development of the plants. Pictured are Brad (left), Danyelle, Reese, Morgan, Andrew, and Kamryn.