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10-08-2012 02:50:01

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This spring I planted 85-day non-RR corn. I planted the first patch in May I think, and another patch a few weeks later. The first patch is dropping ears from the husk. I planted it for winter feed for wildlife, but I doubt there will be much left by December. I'd like it to mature a little later. Do I use the last frost date and count backwards for a planting date or find a later maturing corn? I was very happy with the yield, in spite of so little rain.


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10-08-2012 11:55:00

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 Re: Next years corn in reply to fergienewbee, 10-08-2012 02:50:01  
In my soils in my climate in my local neighborhood, some types of Pioneer corn +always+ do that....

while again in my conditions, another brand of corn I'll wreck the picker trying to get the ears yanked off the stalk....

And then if we take those same 2 types of corn to your field, the opposite will happen, the tough corn I have will fall over on you, while the Pioneer might stand like oak trees....

So, you need to try different maturities and brands of corn to find what works in your type of soil and conditions.

It's a learning process.

I have peat ground in some areas, you really gotta watch what type of corn and beans you put on that ground, will preform totally opposite of what it does on other types of ground...


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10-08-2012 05:41:55

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 Re: Next years corn in reply to fergienewbee, 10-08-2012 02:50:01  
Thanks, Gary. I'm guessing the equivilent of on a line between Dubuque and Cedar rapids. I'm in SW Michigan about 25 miles SW of Grand Rapids and about 15-20 miles east of Lake Michigan.


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10-08-2012 04:48:36

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 Re: Next years corn in reply to fergienewbee, 10-08-2012 02:50:01  
It is a guessing game with us as well.

About the time you buy a full season corn you don"t get a chance to plant early and then you get an early frost and have junk for corn.

Add a few days to your maturity for next year and see how you get along.

What did you do last year. Did it work? Might just be an odd weather year this year.

Besides we don"t know how far north you are?

I plant 107 to 115 day corn here in east central Iowa.


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10-08-2012 04:51:43

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 Re: Next years corn in reply to IaGary, 10-08-2012 04:48:36  
Oh by the way. Wildlife is use to eating off the ground. They will find the grain.


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