A Recipe for Crappy Stands of Corn
very year, I get a lot of phone calls from folks wanting
to know why their neighbor's fields of corn ended up with such poor uneven
lousy-looking stands. Since some seem so ecstatic about this happening to their
neighbors, I figured they may want to know how to create a crappy stand of corn
The following recipe will prepare one helping of a crappy stand of corn.
Add more acreage as desired.
- One (1) field, level and poorly drained.
- No-till is preferred, but conventional tillage will suffice if soil
is 'on the wet side' when worked.
- A hybrid of your choice, but poor seed quality and low vigor will
ensure success of recipe.
- Plant early, when soils have yet to reach 50oF.
- Plant 'on the wet side' to ensure good sidewall compaction.
- Do NOT add any starter fertilizer to the recipe.
- Add a dash of seed rot or seedling blight organisms.
- Add a pinch of wireworms or seedcorn maggots.
- Flavor with acetanilide herbicides as desired.
- Top off with a thick soil crust.
- Add minimum of 0.5 to 1.0 inch of rain per week after planting.
- Maintain average daily soil temperatures at 50oF or less
for three weeks or more after planting.
Will serve 6 people: (farmer, dealer, industry rep, seed dealer, county
agent, university specialist)
For other information about corn, take a
look at the Corn Growers Guidebook on the World Wide Web at
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