Preparing new ground for sweet corn

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Postby billb61460 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:22 pm

Thanks to Outback Rider for asking all the questions I needed answer to. I am going to try to plow and plant about three acres of corn this year. First time and, if I hadn't read this, I would have done it backwards. Let me know how you succeed and I will do the same.
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Postby Boss Hog » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:17 pm

billb61460 wrote:Thanks to Outback Rider for asking all the questions I needed answer to. I am going to try to plow and plant about three acres of corn this year. First time and, if I hadn't read this, I would have done it backwards. Let me know how you succeed and I will do the same.


What type of corn are you planting? Silver Queen, Golden Queen etc.
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Postby billb61460 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:23 pm

I am not sure yet. I guess sweet corn. I need to find a seed source. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears as Ross Perot said.
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Postby Peter Person » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:57 pm

outback rider wrote:Thanks for the tip...
I was reading on another forum to take the coulter off the plow and plow
without it on new ground. I'm not sure I agree with that, they
stated that the coulter will only cause garbage to get hung up on the plow.


Gary,
The colter will cut the trash so it does not get hung up on the beam.

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Postby Peter Person » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:02 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Gary,

Here's your resource.

http://www.extension.uconn.edu/


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Postby SONNY » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:03 pm

Positively got to have coulters installed on plow or every little piece of "stuff" will drag up and not feed thru the bottoms!
Also adjust them so they line up with the beams, and the cut stuff will fall both ways around the beams! thanks; sonny
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Postby Billy Fussell » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:58 am

billb61460,

As to the type of sweet corn. I like and plant both Kandy Korn and Merritt. They grow well here but I don't know how they will do in your area. As to an online seed source, I haven't a clue. I buy all my seed at the local feed and seed store.

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Postby billb61460 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:29 am

thanks Billy. I will check it out when I find that local supplier and let you know if they grow well here in our shorter growing season.
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Postby Eugene » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:51 pm

I'm with Billy. Local seed sources. Usually they will supply seeds or plants suitable for your area. Vegatables - I've had pretty good luck with the cheap seed packets sold in the grocery store.

Another thought. Perhaps a local high school has a nursery and sells plants as a fund raiser.
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Re: Preparing new ground for sweet corn

Postby outback rider » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:22 pm

Thanks guys,
I got my hoe running and began digging out the stumps.
I got most of them out tonight, sorry it's a ford, but it runs and it does the job and it's an antique... 8)
Sorry for posting the tractor picture in this area, just wanted to share the fun... :{_}:
Many foundations were dug with these old first generation backhoes, it sure beats shoveling.
The area is real wet, so I want to get the stumps out and then plow once it dries out. Thanks for the info. on UConn, I would like to get the soil tested and see what I'm lacking. I thought about getting some heirloom corn seed in order to save seed for next year, just for the fun of it, any varieties that anyone can recommend?? :)


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Postby Boss Hog » Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:06 pm

billb61460 wrote:I am not sure yet. I guess sweet corn. I need to find a seed source. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears as Ross Perot said.


Silver Queen [ white] and Golden Queen [ yellow ] do very well here and have a good taste My corn is up now , germination is close to 100% all of the farm stores here sell it $7.00 a lb. We have planted it for yeats and years
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Re: Preparing new ground for sweet corn

Postby KETCHAM » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:24 pm

David got to love Va!!!Its a little nicer here,still have a mud pit!!!Might get in there in a couple of weeks.Need to start thinking of what I'm planting where.Kevin wish it wasn't so soggy :( :(
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Re: Preparing new ground for sweet corn

Postby JackF » Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:28 am

outback rider wrote:Thanks for the tip...
I was reading on another forum to take the coulter off the plow and plow
without it on new ground. I'm not sure I agree with that, they
stated that the coulter will only cause garbage to get hung up on the plow.


On a small (2-14) plow, I have to remove the coulters, as you can see they’re on top of the plow. I guess I could have disk first, but more time and fuel. Usually most of the rubbish gets plowed under.
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Re: Preparing new ground for sweet corn

Postby markwayne » Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:06 pm

I have never disked first. Around here with the heavy clay the disks just slide without having the broken furrows to get started in. It takes all the cub can give to pull the 12" single bottom and plenty of finesse from the operator. Coulters are about required unless you want to stop and unplug the trash every few passes plus they save power by cutting the cover crop roots, makes nice furrow walls too. The neighbor has a Farmall 656 Row Crop (60 hp) to pull a 4-14" plow and in places on his land it takes it all.

Maybe your coulters are set too deep if it pushes the plow out?

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