Background: This is Non-GMO corn, planted w/ three sisters method, has had no chemicals applied. Did put a few drops of vegetable oil in the silks a couple of weeks back. There are no worms - I did see some on the outside right before I put the vegetable oil on the silks but there is no damage to the ears.
This is the sweetest corn I have EVER tasted. My husband and I were eating it out in the yard without cooking it.
Can anyone tell me why so many kernels did not develop?
I checked a good 'what to plant now' calendar that I have saved and found that I right at the end of the last planting window for planting corn this year; I ran out this evening and planted corn in every bare spot I could find. This time there will be no de-tassling!!!
South Carolina wrote:
Someone was trying to help me (seems to happen a lot) and told me I should de-tassle the corn.
What the heck
South Carolina wrote:
Another one of those live and learn experiences. Someone was trying to help me (seems to happen a lot) and told me I should de-tassle the corn.
Just gotta love it when people try to help!
I spent an hour this morning at a neighbours's farm pulling out his corn. He'd made a completely different mistake. He's been growing corn for feeding his chickens for years, but this year he bought his seed from the new farm shop instead of his usual supplier, and then realised he'd bought a type meant to be cut and fed as silage to cattle, so he asked us if we'd like it for feeding to the donkey.
I'm not one to turn down free donkey fodder - the less hay she eats, the more mulching material we have!
Interestingly, his corn patch was about 8 metres by 100 metres (and no, I haven't finished pulling it...) and was interplanted with pumpkins. It seems Portugal has it's own version of the three sisters.
I go out early and tap the stalks. The pollen rains down and the slightest breeze
will carry it away.
The pollen will come out when you shake the plant then diminish.
If you wait 30mins or so and come back, then there will be more pollen again.
You can do this about 3 times in one morning, but not to bother on a windy day.
Much of the time the squashes are flowering at the same time too and I pollinate some by hand then.
anyone heard of pollination problems from planting corn too dense? I planted mine at about 6 inches, 10 inches between rows, staggered by 2 weeks per four rows. When my first batch came in, about half only had a few kernels, and all of it was missing about 1/3-1/2. the only thing I could figure is that they are so close together that the upper leaves are blocking a lot of pollen from the lower ones. the second batch seems a little better, and I think I caught on early enough to get in and shake the next 2 batches enough to help.
The corn also grew about 2ft shorter than last year, so obviously not enough nitrogen. I knew I shouldn't plant it in the same place as last year! although everything except my volunteer straightneck from last year seems a bit piddly because the wet spring kept my seedlings inside 2 weeks longer than they should have been, with no grow light. That dang squash plant though, has gotten to be about 12 ft by about 7 ft! 2 of those could feed a small county!
That said, it is kinda inconvenient and annoying if you forget to complete the planting on time...
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