Corn stalk grows amid heavy traffic on Alexandria's Third Avenue
The corn seed may have come from birds or a dropped corn from a farm truck, and once it found some moisture it started growing.
Two tipsters contacted the newspaper last week about an unusual sight: A corn stalk growing through a tiny crack of land next to a storm sewer grate along Third Avenue East near Alexandria’s Thrifty White.
One of the tipsters said the corn stalk that sprang up in such a harsh environment, right alongside one of the busiest streets in the city, is an example of “Minnesota tough.”
Robin Trott, extension educator for Douglas County, said the corn seed may have come from birds or a dropped corn from a farm truck, and once it found some moisture it started growing.
“I would think that the storm drain would be more moist than the concrete surrounding, and storm water could have washed the seed to its current location,” Trott said.