How You Can Grow Corn

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You can find a lot of people who are enthralled by the idea of raising corn, but it is a difficult job and not everyone is cut out for growing corn. It takes a lot of work and lots of learning and skill to actually master the skills of making healthy and hardy corn. Corn is best grown in areas with warm climate, lots of rain, and wide spaces for it to pollinate and bloom.

Growing corn requires you get the right land first. The soil you choose for the corn is wind sheltered, exposed to a strong beam of direct sunlight, has good drainage and sufficient humus that will ensure that the ground will not dry off quickly in hot climatic conditions. The top layer of the soil must necessarily be fertile and slightly acidic also.

Once the soil is raked in with enough supplements and fertilizers for reaping a healthy crop, the next step involves sowing the seeds and it is generally recommended to sow the seeds in a rectangle of at least 4 rows instead of a single row. This pattern will help in proper pollination and provide wind protection as well. The seeds must be directly planted in the soil rather than in trays and pots since corn is difficult to be transplanted. Make sure the seeds are planted one inch deep and at an approximate interval of 18 inches between each row.

It�s very important to look after your corn after it is planted. Netting must be provided to shelter the saplings in case birds are a nuisance and the weeds must be kept low but not too close to the corn. Be sure to give your plant plenty of water because of the rising temperatures and lots of water is required when the plant starts blooming and the heat takes dries out the plant quickly. Make sure you also tap the tassels at the top of each stem to assist in germination. When the cobs are on the brink of breaking out, start feeding the plants with a reasonable good standard of liquid fertilizer.

Before you harvest the corn, you need to test it for ripeness. You�ll need to do this when the tassels have turned a dark brown and the rear part of the sheath is pulled to the check quality of the liquid. If a watery liquid squirts out, it indicates that the ear is still unripe, if the discharge is creamy, it means that the ear is just appropriate for harvesting and if the liquid is thick and solid, it is pointer that you have well crossed the harvesting period. You should cook the corn quickly after you pick it because it is the most ripe then. If you grow corn the right way, it will taste great.

Remember these rules and tips for when you decide to plant corn. Corn is a fickle crop and without the right care and protection, it will not last through the harvest. Fertilize well, water well, and protect against bugs and weeds and you will grow delicious corn to eat.

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Matthew Kepnes has been interested in farming since he was a little kid and has been raising corn for a number of years. You can visit his website for more information at his website,

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