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Re: while we are talking corn how about a spacing question?

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Joel I see your in North Carolina, up in the mountains? Which would mean your climate is about like that around what Northern central Virginia?
7" spacing is about what that population will have. You probably could push the population up around 22,000 per ac with a spacing about 6". That could have a yield around 80 to 120 bu/ac and with good rains even higher. Look at the seed bag it will give some guidance as will the seed saleman.
Once you're in the ballpark you fine tune the population based on what happens. Corn these days is "flexible" which means the # of ears and the size of the ear will vary with the conditions and the population. If you're too low a population you will get 2 ears to the stalk and they might be the same size--raise the population. If all the ears are little short things population is too high OR there wasn't enough rain.
If you didn't put enough fertilzer on the corn will have a yellow cast and be a bit short.
When to plant--go get a ground thermomentor when the temperature is about 56 degrees 2" in the ground it's time to plant. I think you will find ground temperatures about 60 degrees+ now. I'm on the flat ground east of Fredricksburg and the usually plant the end of March--this year it was 4/11. Your going to be slightly cooler than me but not much.
Good luck. It's going to take a few years to get everything set just right.

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