Corn Seed

All about seeding corn

Corn is one of the most common cash crops grown in North America. However, field corn seed varieties are numerous and you should choose one that best suits your area's weather and soil conditions. Your best option is to shop from a corn seed catalog.

Corn seeds can grow plants up to 20 feet high and are a great option for farmers because you can plant them fairly close together, resulting in a larger yield. There are dozens of varieties of corn seed, but on average, you can expect to see full growth between 100 to 140 days. Seed corn once the weather is warm for best results. Corn not only makes a great cash crop, but can also be contained in grain storage to be used as cattle feed.

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Sweet Corn Seed

Sweet corn seed comes in several varieties, including extra sweet, bi-color and hybrid varieties that contain honey and other flavors. It's easy to stick to an organic growing plan for your sweet corn, as long as you pick a growing location that's appropriate.

Full sun and good drainage are important for successful growth of organic sweet corn. The right soil in the right growing conditions will reduce your need for chemical fertilizers, weed killers or insecticides. However, sweet corn is what most farmers refer to as a "heavy-feeder," and requires good fertilization, including high levels of nitrogen. Natural fertilizers, such as compost or manure, are great in helping to grow your corn tall and tasty.

Blue Corn Seed

Blue corn seed is quickly increasing in popularity, as blue corn is used in many specialty recipes and in the production of tortillas and chips. Blue corn is a premium cash crop that is only used in the production of food for people, so a successful crop can bring in a lot of money. The amount of corn grown with blue corn seed is less than traditional corn yields, and the market is quite specific, so before you launch into a new blue corn venture, make sure that your soil and weather conditions are good and that you already know where to find a buyer.