Growing Corn in Hunt County, Texas

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on January 4, 2012

Growing corn is a bit more difficult than most people think.  For one thing, it needs to be grown in blocks, not rows.  Corn is pollinated by the wind, and a block of short rows will do that more efficiently than a long row of corn.  Because of wind pollination, different types of corn can cross pollinate from as far away as 1/2 mile.  To further complicate matters, there are two kinds of corn:  sweet corn and flint corn.  Sweet corn is what you eat off the cob, while flint corn is ground into corn meal, popped for popcorn, or fed to livestock.  Make sure you get the right type for your garden or you could have an unpleasant surprise.  Here is what you need to know to plant corn.  You can find more information in my article on growing sweet corn, as well.

when to plant:  March 20 to May 1, August 1 to August 15
depth of planting: 1 inch
spacing of plants inside row:  3-4 inches
spacing of rows:  2.5 to 3 feet
time to harvest:  65 to 100 days
fertilizing:  For every 100 square feet, work in 2-3 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer.  Mix it with the top 3-4 inches of soil.

cultivars for Hunt County:

Cultivar Days to Harvest
Indian Corn
Indian 100
Rainbow 110
Japanese Hullless 83
Robust White 100
Robust Yellow 100
Strawberry 110
Sugar Enhanced
Argent 80
Bodacious 75
Golden Queen 92
Seneca Arrowhead 65
Senceca Dancer 90
Spring Snow 65
Suppersweet Corn
Frontier 90
Honey n Pearl 78
Miral 70
Normal Sugary Corn
Early Sunglow 63
Merit 75
Silver Queen 91
Sweet G-90 90


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