Since we have an extra long growing season here in 9b I am trying an experiment with fall corn. I am planting patches of corn throughout July and August in the hopes that a) the florida sun doesn't slaughter it b) the frequent torrential downpours and hurricane force winds that sometimes occur don't blow it over c) the grasshoppers don't strip it bare d) It can actually make maize with the steady decrease in daylight as opposed to the spring increase.
Am I crazy? Anyone else ever try a fall corn crop? I got the idea from this article:
C4 metabolism, rather than C3. Generally suited for warm temperatures, dormant or die in cool temps. One of the big categories of plants I think about for what to grow and when. Most tropical species are C4 for that reason. Lots of discussion right now about incorporation of carbon 14 in C4 plants. Not sure what I think about it, just interesting.
Standing on the shoulders of giants. Giants with dirt under their nails
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