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Discussion Board - Re: Growing Popcorn Questions

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10-22-2013 12:42:52

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Kernels are far smaller than regular or sweet corn. If you're just doing a few rows in the garden, get - rent - borrow a hand planter. Takes me just a few minutes to roll in 5 rows 100 yards long of sweetcorn. We used to grow a small amount of popcorn as well. Harvested it by hand, stored it in bushel potato crates until dry on the back porch. Shucked and shelled by hand. Worked OK. When I was a kid in school, our FFA used to grow 5 or so acres. Harvested it and shelled it by hand, sold it for a fund raiser. But there were a lot of hands.

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03-01-2014 11:39:58

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 Re: Growing Popcorn Questions in reply to RayP(MI), 10-22-2013 12:42:52  
Definitely need different plates. Seed is much different/smaller than regular "field corn". I've grown some small plots of popcorn the past few years with okay results. I didn't find the "plant" to be as robust as my sweet corn and nothing compared to todays hybrids. Could have been the variety ect, ect. Drydown is key. Must be the right moisture before popping. I always shelled by hand and popped it old fashioned. Never tryed it in the microwave. Keep it away from other corns.

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