Corn Crop Progession

Who doesn't love H.G.'s corn, cold, hot, with butter, without butter (because you really don't need it), salt, no salt, on the grill, however you can get it!!!


This page is to show how much goes into bringing you the tastiest corn in town! We track the progression of one of our favorite crops from beginning to end. 

 



Progression in a typical season:


The first corn of the season is planted in early April. It looks like it has a large blanket on, becuase it does. This cover heats up the soil and aids in germination and emergence of the seeds. This cover also aids in softening the power of raindrops in cool, windy weather. Why, you might ask? What can a raindrop do? In cool, windy weather(April and early May) the raindrops hitting the soil can compact it and inhibit the emergence of sweet corn. Once mid-May rolls around this is no longer an issue for us because the soil and outside temps have both warmed up.



                           

The "blankets" were lifted and hoops were added to the rows of corn. This will lift the row cover up off the corn so it can continue to grow while under protection.  
The baby corn is about 4-6 inches tall. Lifting the row cover with hoops will allow the corn to continue to grow while remaining protected in the younger stages. 
                                  


The cover goes back on and we wait!















Progression in a no-till field without row cover:


BABY CORN:


 Two rows are planted 18 inches apart. Then we leave 46 inches for the tractor tires then we plant 2 more rows 18 inches apart
The black thing that looks like a snake is a drip irrigation hose. It has a hole every 12 inches. It looks like this:

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  Then they begin to grow and form a beautiful crop!


If all goes well we can pick our first corn in late June!

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