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Learn how to grow high quality corn, and increase your profits from seed to harvest.

Fertilizers and Water Use chart

Watering Best Practices for Crops

All any farmer really wants is the best uptake of plant nutrients for his or her crops. In order to make sure crops efficiently uptake all they need, crop expert Esper K. Chandler says, “We have to reestablish the humus function of the soil, the basis for natural/organic sustainable farming.” And this means putting water […]

Examples of bad stalks affected by insects and disease.

Non-Toxic Control of Common Corn Insects

There are dozens of kinds of insects that attack all parts of the corn plant—roots, stalk, leaves, and cob. As we have said, they are just part of nature’s clean-up crew, eating the sick plants.

A cornfield aerial view with weeds. Knowing what weeds are growing in your fields, and why, will help you manage your soil health.

Weed Management Techniques for Corn Growers

The simple truth is that nearly all weeds grow best in poor soil—unbalanced, tight, depleted, “dead” soil. And that is just what our modern agricultural methods have created over the last few decades.

Corn waiting for harvest

Harvesting and Storing Corn

Generally, when growing corn for grain, you will want to plant a variety that has a short enough growing season to mature before frost, and plant it early to be sure it gives a high yield. The use of a high quality seed and a seed treatment also helps. On the other hand, for silage, […]

corn quality refractometer

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 […]

Improve your open pollinated corn

Improving Your Own Open-pollinated Corn

After you have decided on the best variety (or varieties), begin improving that variety by a selection process. There are several ways to improve varieties. The simplest is called mass selection. You just walk through the field (or hunt through the corn crib) and pick out the best looking plants or ears (don’t use cobs […]