The Q&A Archives: Trouble Growing Corn

Question: I live in the northeast, every year I plant corn. My corn is usually very small or it gets a fungus on it and is not good at all. My soil is very stoney with good drainage. Should I be using a fertilizer or I have access to cow manure. I could sure use some help.

Answer: Corn is a heavy feeder, so you may need to add some fertilizer. You might also need to adjust the pH. In order to know how much, and what to add, you need to run some basic soil tests and find out what your soil is lacking. You should also add plenty of organic matter to the soil such as compost, rotted leaves, or aged stable manure and bedding to help improve it -- cow manure would be good. Your County Extension (734-4453) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results; they may also be able to suggest specific varieties of corn that do well in your type of soil.

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