Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Fri May 20, 2016 4:08 pm

there are several grass and broadleaf combo killers on the market safe for corn. probably exorbitantly expensive, but they exist. accent, harness, dual, magnum II.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri May 20, 2016 4:13 pm

The spray would cost a ton more than those 400 seeds and would seem count active IMO to spend a lot of money on those chemicals for the amount of seeds you planted which is why I suggested what I did but hey its your wallet.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby slick4591 » Fri May 20, 2016 4:31 pm

JMJ Farms wrote: Should be fun for you and the kids.


Maybe fun for you, but as a kid I followed granddad dropping seed as he followed a mule with a middlebuster. Then I got to hoe it until we hand pulled ears, then shucked and cut kernels off the cob for canning. I guarantee there wasn't a dam bit of it any fun. :lol:
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby JMJ Farms » Fri May 20, 2016 4:56 pm

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JMJ Farms wrote: Should be fun for you and the kids.


Maybe fun for you, but as a kid I followed granddad dropping seed as he followed a mule with a middlebuster. Then I got to hoe it until we hand pulled ears, then shucked and cut kernels off the cob for canning. I guarantee there wasn't a dam bit of it any fun. :lol:


Maybe not Slick but I bet it was fun eating it! And just look at what you learned from it :nod:
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby ga.prime » Fri May 20, 2016 4:57 pm

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

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

Usually I just use a Craftsman rotary tiller and a hoe because I don't plant all that much, but I have used Atrazine herbicide post plant, pre-emerge and it works very well and is not expensive at all. If I was planting a lot of corn, I'd use Atrazine.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby slick4591 » Fri May 20, 2016 4:59 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:
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JMJ Farms wrote: Should be fun for you and the kids.


Maybe fun for you, but as a kid I followed granddad dropping seed as he followed a mule with a middlebuster. Then I got to hoe it until we hand pulled ears, then shucked and cut kernels off the cob for canning. I guarantee there wasn't a dam bit of it any fun. :lol:


Maybe not Slick but I bet it was fun eating it! And just look at what you learned from it :nod:


I learned to not plant a lot of corn. :lol:
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Fri May 20, 2016 7:55 pm

Yeah sky is right, it's probably way too expensive. But the kids ain't big enough to help yet, and my hands don't fit a hoe handle!
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:56 pm

Anybody ever use corn gluten meal to fertilize with?
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby ga.prime » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:41 pm

SJB wrote:Anybody ever use corn gluten meal to fertilize with?

Nope, and never will as long as they have calcium nitrate and ammonium nitrate available for purchase in town. Probably not after it's not available either.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby SJB » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:08 pm

Just trying to learn - why so?
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby Clodhopper » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:09 am

I'm late to the party, but do not spray Accent on sweet corn. Prime is right, atrazine is good and cheap. Probably the cheapest chemical program for sweet corn is 2# each of atrazine and simazine at planting. Problem is, atrazine is restricted use, you have to have a license to buy it. Also, sweet corn is not nearly as tough as field corn, no-till on it is not the best idea, and I'm a diehard no-tiller. Urea or Ammonium nitrate for N, also don't forget about P and K.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby rnh2 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:17 pm

What other crops are good money makers?
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby JMJ Farms » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:39 pm

rnh2 wrote:What other crops are good money makers?


Pot is the only thing you can plant and turn a profit on right now. If it's irrigated. But once the government finishes legalizing it across the country there won't be any money in growing pot either, unless they subsidize it based on historical yields, which would incriminate the grower because at the time the base was created it was still illegal :lol2:
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby TexasBred » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:06 am

SJB wrote:Anybody ever use corn gluten meal to fertilize with?

A lot of the organic folks use it. Makes a good fertilizer because it is high in nitrogen but also works well for weed control in lawns etc as a pre-emergent. Will keep all seeds from germinating.
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Re: Sweet corn tips, pointers, suggestions

Postby Clodhopper » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:33 am

JMJ, us po folks can forget about growing pot. Illinois "legalized" marijuana, and our county seat was selected for a growing facility. The law was passed, and the selection was made shortly after, awarded to a Chicago group. I live about 45 minutes from Kentucky, and 5 hours from Chicago, which those of us downstate don't claim. Anyway, they build this monster facility, owned by Chicago, and so far have hired one local to work there. Almost no money is being put into the local economy, it's politics as usual, the rich get richer, and you know the rest! Moral of the story, we'll have to stick to sweet corn to make money, at least legally.
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