Sweetcorn: Progressing well

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Tuesday 14 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Moving on one month after planting, and the corn plants are growing very well indeed. They certainly love the heat of the ‘very pleasant’ summer weather we are experiencing this year, which is hovering around the mid 30’s celsius, or 95 in old money. For us that’s quite cool and a very decent change (especially when fasting), compared to the norm of mid 40’s (or 113F).  

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I’ve also watered more than in previous (failed crop years), using fresh mountain water from the underground river, pumped up from beneath the farm.

The other thing I learned from Terry and Linda, my ‘farming consultants’ in Western Colorado, is that corn needs plenty of water – a likely cause of previous failures I’m sure.

Corn is a grass…which means it is a heavy feeder and is always thirsty.

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I love the deep, rich and healthy colour of the silks this year. For those thinking “So?”, well this is a massive difference to our previous efforts. In Facebook status terms, let’s say “Feeling hopeful!”

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Hmm…. not quite the spread the neighbour has! But there again, they are growing local white maize, which basically produces no cobs to shout about, but that’s not an issue as the entire plant is cut, dried, then gathered for winter animal feed. A different crop all together to what I’m trying here. 

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UPDATE:

Another two weeks on, and looks like the chicken poo worked best.

It’s gone mad that end!!

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13 thoughts on “Sweetcorn: Progressing well

  1. joannesisco says:

    I didn’t know corn was from the grass family. I can imagine that keeping them watered in the heat of your normal summer would be quite a challenge.
    It’s interesting here cycling in the back roads watching the corn progress from bare fields to tall mature plants.
    Happy harvest. Fresh corn is heavenly 🙂

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  2. tinapumfrey says:

    Your corn looks great! Ours was planted late and growing slowly, but we are not too proud to buy from the neighbours. 😀 Best of luck, looks like you are on track to enjoying a good crop!

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  3. Wow how well is that corn growing! I’d say it’s all that good poo and TLC you added 😊

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  4. Yvonne says:

    It was only a few years ago that I realised that the function of the corn silk is to ensure fertilisation and growth of each corn kernel! Well, better late than never, I guess. 🙂

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  5. What a difference. It seems it was just a few days ago they were baby seedlings.

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  6. Lynn says:

    The corn looks very healthy! Looking forward to a feast of sweet corn in Canada very soon!

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