Win a copy of The Tourist Trail this week in the Writing forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Dave Burton
  • Joylynn Hardesty
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Greg Martin

When to harvest dent corn?

 
Posts: 67
Location: Eastern Shore, Maryland
4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
So this is my first year growing corn in general. I decided to grow bloody butcher corn because I am a bigger fan of polenta and hominy than I am sweet corn. The ears look ready, should I break them off now and dry them? Or do I leave them on the plant until fall, like I see farmers do with feed corn?
 
steward
Posts: 4532
Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
1482
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

I leave dent corns in the field to dry as long as possible. Because in the field they are spread out so that they can dry effectively. If I harvest them a bit wet then I have to spread them out under cover, and/or turn them regularly so that they don't mold as they finish drying. Depends of course: I live in a very dry climate.

I intend 'As long as possible' to mean that if the corn is likely to be damaged in the field, then I consider it better to harvest it a bit damp. For example if I'm expecting lots of rain or I have to irrigate I'll pick the dent corn any time after the shucks are 'mostly dry'. If predators are eating lots of seed I might harvest earlier. I harvest before hard frosts because I mostly grow seeds for replanting. Damp seeds can be damaged by frost.
 
Look ma! I'm selling my stuff!
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!