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Discussion Board - Re: organic corn

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12-03-2012 07:18:57

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is your land certified? Do you have a source of certified seed?

nothing really different about growing organic corn. Just fit the land up and plant.

Run your cultivator through a few times until the corn canopies or you can't get through anymore and wait for it to ripen.

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gary in neb.

12-03-2012 07:21:50

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 Re: organic corn in reply to sammydwm, 12-03-2012 07:18:57  
no, on both questions. not even sure it's worth doing for 4 acres vs. non organic, or if i'm better off to leave it in grass.

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12-03-2012 18:30:45

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 Re: organic corn in reply to gary in neb., 12-03-2012 07:21:50  
Many folk use 'natural' for their produce grown the way you intend, your buyers just will have to have faith in you on that.

It's become the new uncertified word.

I will assume you mean sweet corn.

There is sometimes a few insects in grass land that really like corn (also a grass) and grass fields tend to use up a lot of N from the soil so you would need to manure or otherwise add 100 lbs or so of natural nitrogen to your field.

Can be different, just what you could run into.


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SD Pete

12-03-2012 08:43:54

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 Re: organic corn in reply to gary in neb., 12-03-2012 07:21:50  
If there is any GMO corn around it will be contaminated.

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12-06-2012 12:33:31

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 Re: organic corn in reply to SD Pete, 12-03-2012 08:43:54  
What would happen if a landowner wanted to go organic or non gmo seed .how much of distance would be nessary to prevent cross polination ? would a land owner who wanted to be ogm free have the right to inform lets say monsanto not to plant gmo corn next to non gmo fields?

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12-07-2012 05:51:15

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 Re: organic corn in reply to kevinsstuff, 12-06-2012 12:33:31  
Most organic buyers allow .5 to 2% so, separation of crops come down to distance and time.

If the crops pollinate at different times, no problem.

I understand perhaps 16 end rows is enough space to keep cross pollination from being a problem.

But every situation is different.

Pollen drift is a natural thing, so nothing you can do to stop your neighbor. If you could, then your neighbor could also sue you for messing up his crop, and there would be a real mess of lawyers..... Corn is a crop, if you want a special, different crop it's up to you to protect your special crop.


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