Growing Corn

Corn is one of the most versatile crops you can grow on your land. It can be used to feed a variety of animals, be mashed and mushed into new creations, and feed your family in abundance for very little effort.  Corn also grows just about anywhere, loves lots of sunshine, and does well with an abundance of water. Most corn is also resistant to most types of insects. You might notice ants, aphids, wasps, or other critters making friendly with the moist areas on your corn plants, but their effects on the end result are negligible and easy to manage organically in small operations.

Rows of Corn

Planting

Corn is one of the easiest vegetables to cultivate, you can buy seed or used dried kernels from a previous harvest. Individual corn kernels are planted in rows 1-2 inches deep, roughly 12-16 inches apart with roughly 2 feet between rows, and take around 3 months to mature. The average stock of corn can grow between 4 and 8 ears of corn.

Uses

The uses of corn are truly endless, here are a few that will serve your desire to live simple:

1. Use corn as an alternative to high priced chicken feed. Ears of corn that are properly dried require a simple twisting of the wrist to free the kernels from the cob. The end result is something that looks like popcorn kernels (pre-pop!) and can be mixed with other dry vegetable matter or feeden directly to poultry! See picture:

Corn off the cob

2. Ground corn into flour which can be used in making breads, tortillas, and many other recipes. Try these: Creamy Leek and Corn Orzo, and Green Chile Corn Muffins, or visit this extensive list of corn recipes.

3. There are obviously other opportunities to eat corn whole, on the cob, after a good boil with any number of meals. Corn can also be cut, canned, creamed and so on. Whole corn left in the husk will also save for up to a few weeks if refrigerated properly.

4. A secret, and seldom known benefit to corn is also the plant that’s left after harvest! If you’re running a small operation you might look into getting a small wood chipper, for example the McCulloch MCS2001 14 amp Electric Chipper/Shredder, to grind what’s left of the stocks, cobs, husks and so on into a mulch you can put into your compost pile!

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7 Responses to Growing Corn

  1. Olalekan Rahman says:

    pls, what is the ideal
    variety of maize to grow for the Feed Mill industry that would in turn lead to great yield and profit. Any clues about the management practices as I’m about to start production in few weeks time

  2. please ,send me information about California,& US-80 varieties of sweetcorn on my email

  3. Grace Elliotte says:

    I am interested in growing the White Maize for food and would like to know when to grow, how long it takes to mature as green maize. What type of soil etc. Please help. I have tried the past 2 years and they never reach maturity.

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