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May 26, 2016 7:03 AM CST
How far apart should sweet corn be from field corn?
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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May 26, 2016 7:44 AM CST
Min. of 100 yards. Gene
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
May 30, 2016 5:57 PM CST
If you plant types that come ripe days to weeks apart, you can get way with little to no separation.
I have planted field corn and sweet corn, often five to eight varieties with separation of only three feet in eight by eight foot blocks.

I plant plant spacing on average of six to eight inches between seeds and average of 28 inch row spacing.
With such a dense planting you may still get slight crossing on the outside row but I have never had problems with sweet corn being ruined by field corn crossing.

If you plan on seed saving purity then three hundred to seven hundred feet is best.

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