Spacing Corn to Ensure Pollination - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Rajer Denar
Uniontown, OH
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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
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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