Fertilizing Corn

Fertilizing corn is on the most essential and critical parts about growing corn. If you don't use the right type of fertilizer when you are growing corn, your corn won't grow right, it won't grow in as large of a quantity, and nor will it taste as good as it could of. When growing corn, you need to pick the right type of fertilizer. There are many corn fertilizers out there and the right fertilizer depends on a lot of factors, most important of which is soil type.

Fertilizing corn should be done on the basis of soil tests and yield goals. Corn requires approximately 1.25 lbs. of elemental nitrogen (N), 0.6 lbs. of phosphate (P2O5) and 1.4 lbs. of potash (K2O) to produce one bushel of grain corn. Every type of soil is different and has a different chemical make up that requires different fertilizers. You'll want to test the soil to find out its chemical make up and talk to your local seed and fertilizer store. They will have the right fertilizer to meet the needs of your soil. If you don't have the right one, you could very well kill the crop you are spending so much time trying to grow.

Additionally, there are many types of kits you can get that will measure the ph balance and chemical balance of your soil. Before going to the shop, test your soil with one of these soil tester kits to find out the right information about your soil so the shop owners can help you with your needs. When growing anything, iformation is important.

Nitrogen can be applied at anytime and soils with good nitrogen produces better crops. As mentioned before, the exact needs of your corn will depend on the type of corn you are growing. Nitrogen is very important to growing any type of crop. If you can't afford a special nitrogen right fertilizer, you can always try animal manure which contains a high level of nitrogen and other good chemicals that can help plants grow.

Starter fertilizer can be applied with the planter in a band to the side and below the seed. The recommended fertilizer rate should be safely applied 2 inches to the side and 2 inches below the seed. Under cool, wet conditions, starter fertilizer offers many advantages. These type of fertilizer will help enable your corn to germinate and mature properly. Remember not to over fertilize your corn. More is not better. If you add to much, you run the risk of overfeeding and then kill your corn seeds and plants. It's sort of like over feeding people- eventually they get too fat and die.

Corn is resilient but, like growing any crop, it needs the proper balance of soil nutrients in order to grow well. Ensure that you give your corn the right balance by getting the right kind of nutrients to it. Don't get any cheap products or any fertilizer. Growing corn like any other crop is a science and if you don't follow the science, you won't grow anything....period.

Growing Corn

Growing corn is a challenging job for anyone. especially for the small, hobby farmer. It's better to grow corn if you have a lot of space and a lot of fields to do it on. Without that, growing corn will be hard especially if you plan on selling the corn out on the market. Corn costs a lot of money to grow but luckily once the planting is done, there isn't much work to be done and you can just sit and watch your corn grow tall.

Corn can be grown anywhere, but the corn plant's maturity time depends on the amount of heat it receives. Corn need well worked, fertile soil with good drainage, and a full sun to grow well. Sow the corn seeds right into the ground right have the first crop. Plant the corn seeds 2 to 4 inches apart in short rows that form a block. This type of planting ensures corn sees pollination. Pollination of the corn crop is very important to growing the right cobs otherwise you won't be growing anything!

Although corn you can be grown closer together than this, the roots get too close together and the corn requires more water. Corn is a heavy user of nitrogen so get nitrogen rich fertilizer. Fertilize in the spring and also when the corn is 8 inches tall, then finally when the corn is 18 inches high. Hill soil around the ground to help support the corn stalks. This way when the stalks will stay up and not bend or saw around. Fertilizing the soil will ensure your plants get the right nutrients while they are growing and ensure you get healthy and tasty corn.

Watering is very important for growing corn. You must keep the soil evenly moist. Corn corn grows every fast during hot weather and the leaves wilt because the roots can't keep the leaves supplied with water so you must water often. Make sure you do not get water in the corn tassels though. The pollen has to fall from the tassel onto the corn silk to make kernels, and if pollination does not occur, all that will grow is the cob. Weed early and often! Keep the weeds back. Corn has shallow roots, and weeds will destroy the roots and ruin the corn crop.

Growing corn is not a hard process but it takes the right amount of skill. You need to know about weeds, fertilizer, and lighting. You can grow corn under a lot of conditions and if you choose to grow corn, you should follow the advice above as well as talk to locals at the local seed and fertilizer shop to get advice and tips about planting and growing corn. Remember- it doesn't take a lot of work to grow corn but if you don't plant the right type of corn, you will have wasted a plant. Make sure you do your research and follow these tips to raise the right corn.

Types of Corn

There are many types of corn that you grow. The type of corn you grow should depend on a lot of factors including soil, light, and climate. Each kind of corn grows best under different conditions and you want to make sure you choose a corn good for your kind of environment. Moreover, you want to pick a type of corn that will meet your needs- are you growing for grain, cattle, seed, or cobs for consumption? Here is a list of different types corn:


Dent Corn

Dent corn, getting its name from the dent in the crown of the seed, is grown more than any other type of corn. Millions of tons of grain are produced from dent corn, and is used for human and industrial use, and for livestock feed. The starch reaches the summit of the seed, and the sides are also starchy. The denting is caused by the drying and shrinking of the starch. The dent corn grown in the Corn Belt came from a mix of New England flints and gourseed (an old variety of corn grown by the Indians in southeaster North America).

Flint Corn
Flint corn kernels are hard and smooth and have little soft starch. Columbus and his followers reach some countries that grew a lot of flint corn. Thus, flint was probably the first corn Europeans ever laid eyes on. Flint corn is not grown in the United States as much as it is in Asia, Central America, Europe, and South America. In temperate zones, flint corn matures earlier, has better germination, and the plant vigor is earlier than in dent.

Popcorn
Popcorn is an extreme form of flint. It has a very small proportion of soft starch. It is a very minor crop, and is gown mostly for humans to eat. The reason is "pops" so well, is because of the horny endosperm, which is a tough, stretchy material that can resist the pressure of steam, which is generated in the hot kernel until it has enough force to explode or "pop."

Flour Corn
Flour corn contains a lot of soft starch, and has almost no dent. Though it is not used much anymore, it is grown in the drier sections of the US a din the Andean region of South America. It's an older type of corn, and is found in a lot of graves of the Aztecs and Incas. Since the kernel is so soft, the American Indians could make it into flour.

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn has an almost clear, horny kernel when it is still young. The kernels become wrinkled when dry. The ears can be eaten fresh, or can be stored in cans. The only difference between sweet and dent corn is that sweet corn has a gene which prevents some sugar from being converted into starch. It is grown a lot as a winter crop, in the southern US.

Waxy Corn
These kernels appear waxy. Chemically, it has a different type of starch than normal corn starch. It was developed in China, and some waxy mutations have occurred in America dent strains. Very little is grown, and that which is, is used for producing a starch similar to tapioca starch.

Podcorn
Podcorn isn't grown commercially, but it is used a lot in studying the origin of corn. It resembles varieties of the primitive corns. Every kernel we enclosed in a pod and the whole ear is also enclosed in a husk.

When growing corn, make sure you pick the right type of corn that suits your soil and your needs. You don't want to grow the wrong kind and ruin a whole planting season.