George Collins wrote:So, what is the permaculture answer to growing acres of corn?
Jeffrey Hodgins wrote:
Cows will choose corn over grass every time I know because I feed them both.
I grow corn with pole beans and squash. I still till the soil. I have been growing some experimental no till plots with little success even if the soil is high in organic matter. For no till corn I have yet to find a viable system but I don't think we should give up so easily. The aztecs grew corn on lake bottoms in black muck the black muck is now gone due to constant turning of the soil. The best hope for improving corn imo is Zea mays diploperennis, unfortunately it's not on the market yet. If anyone knows where to get Zea mays diploperennis seed please post a link
George Collins wrote:...he wants to plant enough to use as feed to over-winter livestock. ...
So, what is the permaculture answer to growing acres of corn?
George Collins wrote:I have friend recently introduced to the world of permaculture. I loaned him my Ruth Stout book which he quickly devoured. Being the smart feller he is, he instantly recognized the merits of her system.
George Collins wrote:The livestock inquestion isn't cows, rather it's hogs.
My friend lives in the middle of a large pine desert with some pockets of fertility.
I know that growing large plots of corn is generally frowned upon by many in the Permaculture community.
Jeffrey Hodgins wrote:The way I have seen Mexicans grow corn is not good.
jimmy gallop wrote:If I was to grow corn for cows I would feed the whole plant to them they eat all of it just like it was a blade of grass
don't know why they separate them