Answer: I can't tell without more information on just why your corn died. Did it get enough water? Did it look tall and healthy, then all of a sudden turn brown, or was it stunted all along? Were the leaves a nice green color, or were they pale, or even purplish? Did you inspect the plants for signs of insects or disease? <br><br>Here are some general growing instructions: Corn thrives in hot weather. Make sure your soil's pH is between 6 and 7. Fertilize at planting time with 10-10-10 fertilizer. When corn is about knee high side dress with the same fertilizer; at this time it is also helpful to gently rake soil up around the plants to help keep them from falling over. A little extra nitrogen when plants are waist high also helps. I use nitrate of soda, but there are other forms of nitrogen you can use. Give corn 2" of water a week. Take into consideration the amount of rainfall you get and water accordingly. <br><br>Corn should be planted in patches--that is, a block of short rows rather than one long row. This configuration is important because corn is wind-pollinated.<br><br>A good yellow variety for your area is Burpee's Yellow Golden Cross Bantam. Another variety is Burpee's Early<br>Xtra Sweet. There are other varieties that would do well<br>in your area. My favorite corn is Silver Queen, a white<br>variety.<br><br>Your County Extension Service can check your pH for you.<br>There is little or no cost. The Extension Service Office<br>in Polk County is in Bartow. The telephone number is (941)533-0765.
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