State record corn stalk? Weld County girl may have new record |

State record corn stalk? Weld County girl may have new record

JIM RYDBOM / For the Fence PostSandra Munoz, 17, of Eaton stands in front of her record-setting corn stalks - they measured 15 feet, 6 inches tall - while at the Weld County Fair Thursday at Island Grove Regional Park.

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It’s believed that the record for the tallest stalk of corn ever entered at the Colorado State Fair is 13 feet, 6 inches.

If that’s the mark, Sandra Muñoz of Eaton just smashed it.

Sandra, 17, who will be a junior at Eaton High School this fall, set a Weld County Fair record this week with six stalks of silage corn from her parent’s farm northwest of Greeley that each measured a whopping 15 feet, 6 inches.

Sandra, who said she is between 5-foot-1 and 5-foot-2, admitted she couldn’t explain how the corn got as high as it is.

“I help my dad (Silviano) irrigate, right around the house,” she said, adding the corn was planted in May.

“All the farms a mile around us got hail, but we haven’t had any, so that helps,” she said.

Sandra is a member of the Eaton FFA Chapter and entered her corn in the open field crops division of the fair.

Kathy Rickart of Windsor, a former Colorado State University Extension agent in Elbert County, said the tallest corn stalk recorded was entered at the state fair several years ago. It came in at a diminutive 131⁄2 feet.

“I think Weld County has bragging rights until state fair time,” Rickart said.

Sandra wasn’t sure if she was going to enter corn in the state fair, but Heidi Lanning, her FFA adviser, thought she could figure out a way to get the required six stalks to Pueblo.

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