Archive | Corn Crop Science

Learn the science behind growing top quality, high yield corn in a sustainable, economical, ecological practice.

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Measuring Corn Quality

OK, you say — so high quality is important when you feed your crops, but I grow corn to sell, and the market only pays for bushels; why should I worry about quality? First of all, you aren’t really paid by volume — bushels — but by weight — a 56 lb. bushel as a […]

Weather never does what we want it to, so ensuring your soil health system is focused on resilience is key.

How Weather Affects Corn Plants

You may think that you have no control over such problems, since you can’t control the weather, but actually, the condition of your soil and the health of your crop determine how badly adverse weather affects the crop.

High yields start with good seed and a good soil management system.

Corn Plant Average Yields

The very most basic thing for growing really good crops is good soil. Soil that is not only high in fertility, but is alive with beneficial organisms.

Evaluation your corn stalk color, look and feel can give you clues on its nutrition.

Corn Plant Nutrition

Information from Gary Zimmer & Charles Walters The following tables give an idea of corn’s nutrient requirements. It is not practical to have companion plants in most field situations, but it is possible to read deficiencies and surpluses of plant nutrients even without the certainty of a petiole test, a refractometer readout, or a laboratory’s […]

Understanding corn biology will help you increase your yields.

Corn Plant Biology

Corn, commonly called “maize” in much of the world, is America’s most valuable agricultural crop, with the United States producing nearly half of the world’s corn. Corn is a member of the large plant family, the grasses, to which other important crops such as wheat, oats, barley and rice also belong.

Unlike nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, magnesium is often overlooked in conventional fertility.

Magnesium: Essential for Soil, Plant & Animal Health

Although nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and even calcium are often discussed, magnesium is mostly unheralded and misunderstood.