Spacing Corn to Ensure Pollination - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Rajer Denar
Uniontown, OH
Question by rajer
June 30, 1998
What is the smallest number of rows of corn you can plant and still have a succesful crop?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 1998

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The key is getting the pollen from the tassels to fall on the silks, so that the corn kernels will form on the cob. The general rule I've seen is a 4x4' patch, which will ensure that most of the wind-blown pollen will fall across its intended target. Native Americans would plant corn in hills with 3-5 stalks per hill, with hills spaced 2-3 feet or so apart, and that worked for them.

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