Answer: The obvious answer is to fence your corn patch with chicken wire. Or, you can place protective cones over the seeds until the seedlings are 8"-12" high and able to take care of themselves.
Popcorn is a refined type of dry field corn. 'Tom Thumb' or 'M-212' are two varieties carried by Johnny's Selected Seeds, 1 Foss Hill Rd., RR 1 Box 2580, Albion Maine 04910-9731.
The varieties above will grow 4'-6' tall. They need full sunshine, adequate water, and plants should be spaced 8"-10" apart.
Make sure the kernels are fully mature - hard and glossy - or they wnt' pop. After picking and husking, spread out the ears in a dry, airy place and allow to cure for several weeks. When kernels are completely dry, store in plastic bags.
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