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Post  countrynaturals on 6/23/2017, 12:00 pm

@sanderson wrote:I was pleased with the corn and sorghum, until today.  Sad  Today was 109*F and this afternoon, here is what has happened to the Gem corn.  The Silver Queen was still upright, and had shriveled leaves that plumped up when I watered.  I hope I can save the Gem tomorrow.  I have only grown corn in ANSFG boxes of Mel's Mix.  This is the first time planting in the amended/BTE strip and I may not have planted the seeds deep enough.  dangit  
I hope your corn is okay this morning. I had several disasters yesterday, too. What happened? I watered the same way and the temps weren't any worse. AHA! I'll bet it was the wind. It blew all day long. I'll be that's the culprit. My losses were all flowers and old broccoli. Everything else came back and my corn is fine, thank goodness. Fingers crossed for yours.
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Post  yolos on 6/23/2017, 1:00 pm

@sanderson wrote:I was pleased with the corn and sorghum, until today.  Sad  Today was 109*F and this afternoon, here is what has happened to the Gem corn.  The Silver Queen was still upright, and had shriveled leaves that plumped up when I watered.  I hope I can save the Gem tomorrow.  I have only grown corn in ANSFG boxes of Mel's Mix.  This is the first time planting in the amended/BTE strip and I may not have planted the seeds deep enough.  dangit  
Oh no, so sorry.  I did not know heat would do that.  No wind.???
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Post  Fiz on 6/23/2017, 7:37 pm

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@Fiz wrote:Looking good everyone! I hope to contribute pics to this thread soon! I started some peaches and cream corn indoors in containers end of February and moved them out mid-May, and then planted more straight outside at the same time. The ones started indoors are about 4 and a half feet tall now. I think being inside to start slowed them down. tongue
I started mine from seed indoors and then transplanted out 7-10 days later.  Then used season extension methods to keep them from freezing.  Here is what I observed so far. Planting/growing in cold weather definitely increased the DTM.  Silver Queen Corn normal DTM is 85 Days.

Planted - 02/28  - 100 DTM
Planted - 03/09  -  95 DTM
Planted - 03/19  -  89 DTM
Planted - 03/29  -  85 DTM
Planted - 04/08  -  waiting
Planted - 04/17  -  waiting

Thanks yolos! Maybe next year I'll try that. It was funny though. People couldn't believe I was growing corn inside pots in my house, haha.
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Post  sanderson on 6/23/2017, 11:20 pm

I didn't notice any wind, just a light breeze like normal.  The temp dropped to 101*F at 7 pm so I went outside and pounded in some wood dowels and ran string down each row using half hitch knots on each plant.  Here's hoping.

The Silver Queen corn, which is on the leading edge of any breeze, is fine. Go figure.

Meanwhile, a mockingbird was waiting to feed her baby(ies) and I was in the area near the rose bush with the nest.  I saw one little head with its beak open.  I love you

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/24/2017, 12:02 am

@sanderson wrote:I didn't notice any wind, just a light breeze like normal.  The temp dropped to 101*F at 7 pm so I went outside and pounded in some wood dowels and ran string down each row using half hitch knots on each plant.  Here's hoping.

The Silver Queen corn, which is on the leading edge of any breeze, is fine.  Go figure.

Meanwhile, a mockingbird was waiting to feed her baby(ies) and I was in the area near the rose bush with the nest.  I saw one little head with its beak open.  I love you
Could some critter have taken a little nap there?
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Post  sanderson on 6/24/2017, 3:03 pm

I don't think so. No depressions, etc.

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Post  yolos on 7/9/2017, 12:55 am

Today's corn harvest.  That is the last of my early planted corn.  I will have to plant some more or not.
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Post  sanderson on 7/9/2017, 2:25 am

hungry

Well, today the SQ corn fell over, but in the other directlon. Shocked

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Post  yolos on 7/9/2017, 10:47 am

@sanderson wrote:hungry

Well, today the SQ corn fell over, but in the other directlon. Shocked
oh no!!!@! yep, I have had to brace mine in both directions.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/9/2017, 12:06 pm

@yolos wrote:
@sanderson wrote:hungry

Well, today the SQ corn fell over, but in the other directlon. Shocked
oh no!!!@! yep, I have had to brace mine in both directions.
This is my first time and I bought a hybrid that turned out to be short. My plants are barely 5' tall, so I'm not having any problem with leaning. Mine is in the BTE, however, and also growing through fencing I put down to keep the chickens out. Razz

Question about pollination: I only have 2 plants starting to produce ears right now and they're on opposite ends of the bed. Is there some way I can hand-pollinate these 2 or will they wait for the rest to catch up? bounce
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Post  Lynette on 7/9/2017, 12:13 pm

Definitely a problem with the root system not stabilizing the stalk.  If there has been too much water, either by sky or hand, the roots were not able to establish because it was not necessary to do so--a little tough love at the beginning pushes the plant to go deep looking for water, thus, a stable root to hold it up.   If nature provided too much water--not much you can do about that.  Hope it stands back up and produces.  We plant sweet corn by the acre here in Indiana and look forward to the first plantings to be ready soon--yum.
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Question about pollination: I only have 2 plants starting to produce ears right now and they're on opposite ends of the bed. Is there some way I can hand-pollinate these 2 or will they wait for the rest to catch up? bounce

I hand pollinated my corn this weekend in two ways. This morning I tapped the stalks with my fingers and caught the falling pollen in a container, then used the paint brush method to pollinate the silks by dabbing some pollen grains onto the brush and rubbing them onto the silks. Before I had the paint brush though, I cut off a few tassels and shook them right over top of the silks.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/10/2017, 12:26 am

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Question about pollination: I only have 2 plants starting to produce ears right now and they're on opposite ends of the bed. Is there some way I can hand-pollinate these 2 or will they wait for the rest to catch up? bounce

I hand pollinated my corn this weekend in two ways. This morning I tapped the stalks with my fingers and caught the falling pollen in a container, then used the paint brush method to pollinate the silks by dabbing some pollen grains onto the brush and rubbing them onto the silks. Before I had the paint brush though, I cut off a few tassels and shook them right over top of the silks.
Thanks, Fiz. I'll try the paintbrush technique tomorrow.
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Post  sanderson on 7/10/2017, 9:10 pm

Several Gem and Silver Queen corn - RIP.  I was able to leave a few that you can see standing. 4 ears of SQ still there. I have learned my lesson this year. I will build a chicken wire/PVC frame in advance and stick stakes across though the holes. The sorghum, okra and cornflowers are still standing. Buttered cornflowers just doesn't have the same ring, does it?

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Post  yolos on 7/10/2017, 11:00 pm

Look at the good side, the corn leaves and stalks will help your compost.
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Post  sanderson on 7/11/2017, 2:14 am

I found that corn leaves did not break down in compost.  Have you had success?


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Post  yolos on 7/11/2017, 8:41 am

@sanderson wrote:I found that corn leaves did not break down in compost.  Have you had success?
Well, I mow over them with the lawn mower.  then mix them in a pile that is already barely cooking.  Then leave them a long time.  They break down but take forever.  Because I use live oak leaves for my browns, which take forever to decompose also, I don't really care if the corn leaves take a long time to break down.  Because of the oak leaves and because I do not turn my pile very often, my compost takes 3 - 6 months to complete anyway.
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Post  sanderson on 7/11/2017, 9:40 am

Thanks for the explanation. Maybe I'll chop up some of the leaves for mulch or emergency browns.

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Post  countrynaturals on 7/11/2017, 12:01 pm

@yolos wrote:
@sanderson wrote:I found that corn leaves did not break down in compost.  Have you had success?
Well, I mow over them with the lawn mower.  then mix them in a pile that is already barely cooking.  Then leave them a long time.  They break down but take forever.  Because I use live oak leaves for my browns, which take forever to decompose also, I don't really care if the corn leaves take a long time to break down.  Because of the oak leaves and because I do not turn my pile very often, my compost takes 3 - 6 months to complete anyway.
Same here on all counts. From everything I'm reading now, it really doesn't matter if it's fully decomposed when we use it, as long as we layer it on top and don't mix it in.
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Post  Turan on 7/11/2017, 2:06 pm

sanderson, can you dig around a bit and see what was going on? Did the corn roots only grow in the BTE level and not anchored into the lower soil? I would think, in the long run, that BTE would be a good set up for corn, but maybe in a following year?

I have not found corroboration yet for the idea of limiting water when the corn is young to get it to send roots deeper in search of water. I have heard similar advice for lawns and gardens, water less but deeper so roots go deeper. That should work in BTE if not a ANSFG bed with a bottom. Roots often do not like to cross extreme soil type changes, which is my guess happened with your corn.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/11/2017, 3:59 pm

@Turan wrote: Roots often do not like to cross extreme soil type changes, which is my guess happened with your corn.

THAT is very insteresting...and explains a lot of my fails.
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Post  trolleydriver on 7/11/2017, 4:14 pm

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@Turan wrote: Roots often do not like to cross extreme soil type changes, which is my guess happened with your corn.

THAT is very insteresting...and explains a lot of my fails.
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Post  sanderson on 7/11/2017, 10:27 pm

Turan, That was something I was considering. Just now, I went outside in the 100*F weather, dug down and 3 1/2" inches down, hit the dry hard pan dirt. It was easy to pull 2 stubbies out. So why is it dry since I have a 1/2" dripper hose? So why just the corn? The okra, sorghum, sunflowers and tomatoes are doing fine? More on this when the weather is cooler and I start removing the rest of the crops.

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Post  SwampTroll on 8/14/2017, 12:37 pm

This was my first year growing corn and it didn't do so well.

Out of the nearly 30 stalks and 3 varieties that I had planted, it looks like I may only end up with 2 ears.  I'm not even sure if that those ears will develop full kernals, as the stalks were out LONG before the silks ever showed themselves.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/14/2017, 2:14 pm

@SwampTroll wrote:This was my first year growing corn and it didn't do so well.

Out of the nearly 30 stalks and 3 varieties that I had planted, it looks like I may only end up with 2 ears.  I'm not even sure if that those ears will develop full kernals, as the stalks were out LONG before the silks ever showed themselves.
Same here, but I have time to try again. This time, maybe I'll get it right. Rolling Eyes
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