The Q&A Archives: Growing Corn

Question: Every year I plant sweet corn (Silver Queen, Early Choice). After the corn gets up about 4 to 5 ft a summer storm comes through and blows it over. sometimes it stand back up sometime it needs help. I have tried other varieties but they all seem to act the same. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I plant the corn in rows about 10 ft long, rows are about 2 ft apart, I do plant it heavy and I do not thin it out.

Answer: Lodging (or falling over) is a common problem with corn, especially with those that are planted in rows. Why not try planting your corn in blocks rather than in long rows? That way the stalks can help protect one another against strong winds. Another trick the commercial growers employ is to remove the tassles after the silks begin to turn brown to keep the heavy tops from dragging the rest of the stalk over in a wind and rain storm. Make sure the pollen has been released before removing the tassles or you won't have any corn at all!

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