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Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:01 am

Was planted about 4 days ago.
Large Mexican White.
Probably a total fail.
We shall see.
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Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:15 am

I'm growing corn in the community area of my community garden. Planted High Mowing Xtra-Tender 2171 F1 sweet corn. I plan to do a total of 3 plantings. Each 10 days apart. About 48 plants in each planting. Rows 30" apart, corn spaced 1' apart.
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Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:00 am

We planted the old standby Silver Queen. It is up about 6" - 8" but I am not holding my breath. It's only 3 rows deep and planted much too closely together but my sometimes-not-so-dear husband will not let me thin it. Argh.
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Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:01 am

EdieJ wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:00 am
We planted the old standby Silver Queen. It is up about 6" - 8" but I am not holding my breath. It's only 3 rows deep and planted much too closely together but my sometimes-not-so-dear husband will not let me thin it. Argh.
Hmmmm, one gone here, another gone there. He'll never know. :lol: However, as tall as it's getting it would be better to take a pocket knife and cut them off just below the soil. Pulling them out now might disturb roots of an adjacent plant. Then cover the stub with a little soil to hide the evidence. :D

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:14 pm

My corn is growing like weeds.
I fertilized it today with 13-13-13 and watered it again.
I just hope it isn't the stuff that gets 25 feet tall or maybe I do hope it gets that tall.
What a sight that would be. :lol:
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Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:40 pm

There are some folks that grow corn every year in 5 gallon buckets in down town Bastrop in a tiny driveway, the stuff looks amazing.
The area around that driveway is very shaded like a jungle.

They of all people inspired me to try this.
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Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:17 am

I am growing Delectable which is a bicolor and very sweet. I have 2 rows planted and will wait 2 weeks to plant another 2-3 rows. Average height is 6'
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Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:05 pm

Hope it does well for you, Worth! Sweet corn is one of our favorite crops in the summer for sure. I sow Ambrosia every 10 days or so until mid-July. Lots of work and sometimes we have to battle the raccoons for it, but there's nothing like it.
How many can grow in a 5 gal. bucket? I've finally decided on growing in circles with a stake in the middle to help prevent the mess that our windy thunderstorms can make, lol.
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Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:15 pm

Well, whether DH wanted the Silver Queen thinned or not it got done anyway. Something got over the fence and chewed almost a dozen plants off about 1" - 2" up. There are a couple of places where the fence is sagging and I've seen how high some of the bigger rabbits can jump so they are our #1 suspect. No signs of anything digging under the fence. He sprayed a bit of Sevin on the stems but the sprayer on the bottle gave out. And he propped the fence up, so maybe that will be enough to deter them. The plants are waist-high already and nicely dark green. I am starting to feel, perhaps, a glimmer of hope.
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:07 am

I'm sure the deer will find mine soon enough.
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:59 am

Worth, they always do, don't they? They have some kind of internal radar that tells them when it's getting close to being ready to pick. Lock 'n' load 😂
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:27 am

I planted High Mowing Seeds Xtra-Tender 2171 sweet corn. Just did the second planting about 4 days ago. Will do the final planting in another week.

I'm doing 4 rows of 11 plants in each planting.

What are people doing for side dressing of fertilizer?
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:47 pm

Need to prop one or two up but not bad for an experiment.
High winds got one or two and a critter ate one. :lol:
Also I think the leaves may be more narrow than the highbrow hybrid field corn growing around here.
If I can get at least one good ear I will be happy. :)
Next time in this type of soil I will plant 3 inches deep at least.
And as you can tell I need to do a soil overhaul.
Been what, 4 years now, with nothing done to it.
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:01 pm

ponyexpress wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:27 am
I planted High Mowing Seeds Xtra-Tender 2171 sweet corn. Just did the second planting about 4 days ago. Will do the final planting in another week.

I'm doing 4 rows of 11 plants in each planting.

What are people doing for side dressing of fertilizer?
No one answered your question so I will.
I put a ton of 13-13-13 at first plant out and then dump some more on pretty soon from the pictuer above.
Corn is a grass and needs and likes lots of nitrogen.
More than you would think.
Since these tubs have only a wee 1/2 inch hole and a tube on the down hill side I dont have to water much.
I let them go for over a week without water to no ill effect.
The so called drainless planters are in my opinion one of the best contraptions I have ever came up with.
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:36 pm

Well, we don't have to wonder if the corn will be "knee-high by the 4th of July!" I am kind of in a cross between shock and awe at how fast it is growing!
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:16 pm

Corn likes the warm sunshine.
After all it is a grass.
Mostly it is planted early to take advantage of the rain and shorter growing seasons.
Yours looks fantastic.
The farmers here are about ready to harvest.
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:19 pm

Lookin' good, Edie!

@ponyexpress, Worth is right about corn loving nitrogen! I first followed the advice of an old neighbor and started with some 10-10-10 in a deep planting furrow, cover it with about 2" of soil, plant the seeds and then cover with another 1" of soil. It worked pretty good. A side dressing of 10-10-10 when the corn was about 15" tall and then one more time when the plants started pushing tassels.

Then I started reading a lot from various exensions and midwestern corn grower sites and switched to ammonium nitrate. One year I started using ammonium sulfate as I read corn evidently likes some sulphur. Now I put it pre-plant about 3" down and 2" outside the seeds so the tender new roots don't hit it and get burned. More ammonium sulfate side dressed when a foot or so tall and I also like to add a drizzle of 5-10-15 to that, my own idea to add other nutrients. When the tassels first start showing I switched up. I had some 15-0-15 left over from something else and used that along with a little superphosphate to plug that middle number. It was the first year I saw no maroon coloring at the base of the stalks, something that indicates a nutrient lack. And boy, does that ammonium make the corn jump! I started getting two ears to the stalk instead of one good one and one puny one.

Still, 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 will work. I just had to play around and experiment with mine. Just make sure whatever you use, you do those three applications. Pre-plant, knee high and tasseling.
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:51 pm

Like Worth mentioned, corn is a member of the grass family, so side applications of nitrogen are beneficial. I've been adding high nitrogen to the corn I grow with excellent results. I more or less follow the regimen described below that I found in an article elsewhere.

When Do I Apply Fertilizer?

Since corn is a heavy feeder, you will have to apply fertilizer more than once during the growing season.

Pre-Planting Fertilizer

Before you even put your corn seeds into the ground, you should work about three inches (eight cm) of organic compost into the soil. Leaves and manure are both excellent additives and will both improve the texture of your soil and add nutrients.

After working the compost into your soil, you should then apply an all-purpose fertilizer with an even distribution of the following elements:

Nitrogen
Phosphorus
Potassium
Tip: Fertilizer labeled 12-12-12 has even amounts of each of the above nutrients.

Post-Planting Fertilizer

Once your young corn plants have developed eight to ten leaves or reaches approximately knee-high, a second application of fertilizer is needed. By this time, the plants have used up the nitrogen establishing a healthy root system and producing leaves. Instead of using an all-purpose fertilizer, you should apply a one that only contains nitrogen.

You should apply one final application of the nitrogen-only fertilizer once the corn ears have started to produce silk. Doing so will provide enough energy to carry the corn through until harvest.

Tip: Anytime you apply nutrients to your corn, be sure to water the plants.
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:46 am

Thanks for that information @pondgardner , very clear and useful, tells me what I have not been doing correctly
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:54 am

The beautiful black farm land they grow crops on where I live was depleted years ago.
You can always tell in the fields where it didn't get fertilized.
Yellow green corn that doesn't hardly do anything.
Same with other crops like cotton and soybeans too.
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