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New Way To Grow Corn.
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Larry    Posted 12-18-2001 at 09:51:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Ran across this information on growing corn in wide rows. I mean really wide rows. Thought I would pass the idea by you folks to see what you thought before I gave it a try.

geo in MI    Posted 12-18-2001 at 19:36:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

Ooooooo, I'm scared..............the cornrow police will be watching in the sky, and my neighbor's gonna get a reward for informing on me..........that guy's gonna get a lot of garden hoes stuck up his ____, ain't he?

Larry    Posted 12-19-2001 at 10:14:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

It does seem a little out of the ordinary to be able to patend a planting method,but it does make some sense. By paying the five dollar per acre fee you can get all the right information for growing corn this way. I know myself that it would take years of trial and error to get it right. So,basicly your paying for all the research they have already done.

IHank    Posted 12-19-2001 at 10:42:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Larry and All- The major body of "research" into growing corn has been done many years ago. It was done by the American Indians, by the pioneers, by the early farmers, by the land grant aggie colleges, and by repeated trial and error of lessons generated by all those research specialists.

Buying research regards well known concepts, as is being promotied, comes off as just another scheme to separate suckers from their money.

If corn growers want to buy some research they'd be wise to look up the old boy featured in the Des Moines Sunday Register a while back, that did an experimental plot record of a little over 400 bushel corn per acre.

That old boy comes off as doing genuine corn growing research! This row spacing issue comes off as just some more hocus pocus and bait for suckers with excess money.

Please, let's cut the stupidity! No grins on this topic, IHank

Mudcat49    Posted 12-18-2001 at 12:07:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
It talks about growing another crop between the rows. In the old days of growing Sweet Corn in South Florida, they didn't use airplanes to spray with and sprayed with big ground rigs. The tractors pulling the sprayers had dual wheels on them for traction and floatation in the soft muck soil, The corn was planted in 36 inch rows and every 12 rows you has a spray middle for the tractors usually about 12 foot wide. They would plant two rows of green snap beans down the middle of the spray alleys. The beans would mature and be already picked by the time the sweet corn was ready for harvest.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 12-18-2001 at 10:05:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the way they grew it back when I was a kid. Got some whopping 25 bu/acre yields thataway.

Next thing you know, somebody's gonna come up with a wooden pencil, and make millions with his "new" idea.

Larry    Posted 12-19-2001 at 07:40:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Actually this guy gets 200bu/acre by planting corn in this fashion. You'll have to read the page a little more closely to see how this is possible.

I have been planting corn on my small acrage for quite a few years. The smart thing to do would be to plant it into a legume every so often,but it's all the land I have and I need the corn to feed my pigs. I thought that if I could plant my corn this way and maybe plant a legume between the wide rows I could kill two birds with one stone,so to speak.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 12-19-2001 at 09:17:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I kinda shot off my mouth before I looked at the page real good. The system is a bit more complex than the opening picture indicates. I still didn't get time to read much of it. Does it take a specific type of corn to do well in this system?

Larry    Posted 12-19-2001 at 10:07:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Yes it does take a specific type of hybrid for this to work. From what I gathered you need a hybrid that has the potential to grow more than one ear per plant. I've seen this in some corn where the plants on the outside of the field will put on two or more ears. I was always told that this was because of the extra sun light these plants received. So,if a person had a whole field planted so all the plants got ample sun light you would get a bigger yield.
If this would work I would be able to rotate my crops and crow the same amount of corn in the same amount of space. Maybe this is too much to ask for.That is why I wanted some input to the idea from some of you folks.

IHank    Posted 12-18-2001 at 11:45:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dan- You most certainly are onto something with your observations! I don't know if you were talking about FL, but what you say rings true with my youthful times. Like the old saying, a fool and his money will soon be at a party. Grins, IHank

CJC    Posted 12-18-2001 at 19:57:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I kinda wondered what was up with the "new" in his new.....if I want to use my old IH to cultivate between rows I HAVE to plant 36 inch rows. Only do sweetcorn for the family and the coons but seems it's the same..

Guess I'll have to send in the $5.50 and find out, looks like a good deal to me...well depending on which end you're on...

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