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John McGinnis    Posted 09-05-2001 at 07:29:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I bought a small 40 acre farm in a small SouthWest Missouri town. We are "absolutely" new to the experience. We have an established garden spot, nearly an acre. Half of the garden I am going to divide in four sections and plant corn
one section every week for a longer harvest time. Or, is there a better suggestion??
Also, a neighbor gave me four large trash cans full of chicken manure which I spread out over the
half of the garden I plan to plant corn next season which I am going to till up soon. Are there any other suggestions on planting/growing good corn? Do I need to do anything else to the soil prior to or during the growing period.
Thank you for any suggestions.

mugsy3    Posted 09-05-2001 at 20:25:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi John. As Tom said, that's a lot of corn. We put in corn this year (not enough) and sold a lot of it. It wasn't a great year for corn here. I put in 8 rows x 114ft long and a week later put the same in again. We sold 53 doz. corn. It should have been double that. One year (not sure what we planted) but I sold 156 doz! That was nice. Next year will be better. (infamous words out of a farmer)

There were a lot of cobs not suitable for sale, but just fine for the freezer. (I cut it off the cob). So I sold all the "good" corn and froze tons for the winter.

Good luck with your corn crop next year! These guys are right on about the nitrogen. That's the first number in the three number indication on the fertilizer bags.

We fertilized with a multipurpose commercial fertilizer this year - twice. We chose to not spray for weeds - trying to stay as organic as possible. Not sure we'll do that next year! The weeds were too much to handle. Probably the reason for lower harvest rate. But hey! Paid for the seed, the fertilizer and we froze lots for the winter so as far as I'm concerned, we are ahead. Can't beat the taste either! and learn. Good idea to keep a journal.

robert cloutier    Posted 08-05-2002 at 10:45:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

TomH    Posted 09-05-2001 at 18:30:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
A half acre of sweet corn is a lot. What are you going to do with that much? Eat it, can it, freeze it, you'll have lots. You didn't say if you're into organic, but corn needs lots of water and a side dressing of nitrogen fertilizer when it's about a foot tall helps a lot.

Mudcat49    Posted 09-05-2001 at 15:12:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
John. I suggest that you contact your County Extension Agent's office

IHank    Posted 09-05-2001 at 08:06:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
John- Remember, corn uses lots of nitrogen fertilizer. Suggest a soil test to see where you're at as to general soil feeding, then add what's needed.

Suggest you have plenty of discussions with your neighbors. Have 'em over for supper or a weekend cook out and inquire about what works and what don't around here. Then, listen closely to the discussion between the locals.

Staggered planting is how they spread the sweet corn harvest here in Iowa. Common is to use an old 4 row planter. Do 4 rows across the patch as early as is possible. Two weeks later do another 4 rows right beside the first 4. Two weeks later do another 4 rows beside the last 4. Two weeks later do another 4 beside the last 4. If you can get started around the 1st of April your last planting will be around the middle of May. That'll give your first crop around the first of July and the last in late August.

I'm sure you can move those dates ahead some where you are, and possibly stretch the season further toward fall.

Plant plenty, so the deer and coons will get their fill before they get to your end of the corn patch! Good luck, IHank

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