Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:39 pm

If you've got a good going farmers market in your area, your in luck. Everybody that brings sweet corn to ours sells out. We also have a produce auction. I've seen it go for 65 cents for 13 ears there.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby JMJ Farms » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:22 pm

0.65 per ear? Or 0.65 total for 13 ears?
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:24 pm

.65 for 13 ears. You buy a bag from them, and put 78 ears in it.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:30 pm

On 10,000 sellable ears, which might be a stretch after coons etc, that's only $500 gross.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:35 pm

Seems to me you could plant you a good thick nitrogen fixing cover crop like a mix of clover and rye and let it get up pretty high. Nuke it then mow it and leave it laying, then no-till your corn into it. Basically use the mowed rye as a mulch. Maybe not even have to nuke it. If you had enough ground to rotate you could till it all back in, reseed and let your cover crop grow a whole year, amend soil, whatever.

How far out in left field is that idea?
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby greybeard » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:16 pm

If your virgin ground is like mine was, as soon as you disturb it, the soil becomes weed city.
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Postby SJB » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:15 am

I'm definitely afraid of that. It's pretty thick fescue and clover. I'm sure they're years of weed seed accumulated just waiting for a chance to grow.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby M-5 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:52 am

Your no till plan would work if you have the equipment. You will not be organic because you will have to rely on herbicide. Only way to do it without using chemicals is the old fashioned way of turning it. You will have alot of weeds that way also if it was not turned last fall or winter .
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:51 am

Farmers market is a good place or flea market to sell.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby JMJ Farms » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:11 pm

Bigfoot wrote:.65 for 13 ears. You buy a bag from them, and put 78 ears in it.


More power to those who do, but there's no way I would plant, grow, and furnish a bag to sell an ear of sweet corn for 0.05 an ear. But I'd like to buy some for that price.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:34 pm

Big farmers markets here. Johnson City just moved theirs downtown to the new artsy part of town. Flea market too.

You could buy it for $.05 and resell it and come out better than growing it I bet.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby hurleyjd » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:00 am

You have talked about fertilizer cultivating and etc. Now how about ear worm control. I usually plant some sweet corn but have a lot of ear worm problems. Now I just watch Walmart and buy when the price is 12 ears for a dollar. I know that is the lazy way. You might look a at black eyed peas not as much competition at the grocery store. Here peas will bring in 20 t0 25 dollars a bushel.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby Jogeephus » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:36 am

Earworms don't eat enough to really bother anything here but if they are a concern I found one spraying of permethrin when the corn was silking made a big difference. My corn was about 95% earworm free.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Fri May 20, 2016 3:52 pm

i wound up planting 400 seeds. bodacious and honey select.

ya'll spray grass or cultivate it out between the rows?
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri May 20, 2016 3:55 pm

SJB wrote:i wound up planting 400 seeds. bodacious and honey select.

ya'll spray grass or cultivate it out between the rows?


That corn is not RR so I wouldn't spray anywhere near it. Cultivate, Hill and chop it is all id do.
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