Was whole corn as an organic a mistake?

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Was whole corn as an organic a mistake?

Post by Thick n Dense » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:21 pm

So went to feed store to pick up alfalfa and corn. Being in the city theres an upcharge for various products. The guy said cracked corn is 4 dollars more than whole. This baffeld me because I thought cracked corn was basically all the rejects that cant be used as whole.

So I opted to use whole corn to save 8$! and applied this afternoon ...

Will the corn take forever to break down because its not cracked?
Or am I going to be mowing a lot of corn plants? Lol

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Re: Was whole corn as an organic a mistake?

Post by g-man » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:33 pm

It will sprout. Cracked is better. Tractor supply sells it.

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Re: Was whole corn as an organic a mistake?

Post by seiyafan » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:42 pm

I think someone before did the same and ended up with a field full of corn. :D
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Re: Was whole corn as an organic a mistake?

Post by ktgrok » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:00 pm

If I did that I'd have a yard full of happy squirrels. maybe some gophers too.

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Re: Was whole corn as an organic a mistake?

Post by Thick n Dense » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:45 pm

So I just wanted to post an update.

Its been about 2 weeks since I spread the corn and I have hundreds of corn plants sprouting in my yard..

I did some more research and corn roots will literally grow as far as possible until reaching the water table. That being said, they still get affected by compacted clay.

I also didnt really do anything except spread corn and mow and this was enough to germinate. No detaching/aeration, rolling. A couple rain falls provided moisture...

My plan is to wait until they are 6-8” in height before mowing which will probably kill the plant and If I'm lucky the roots will have grown 6-8” (in theory),

Also, they’re pretty tolerant of colder weather... i think i read that it requires freezing temps for a kill temps below 40 for damage. Makes it more viable for a winter “cover crop” or just a way to introduce OM directly into soil.

Ill post some pictures later and the results of the root development but overall for 20$’s I’m quite pleased with the potential benefit.

Also, if i do this again, i could probably PGR to dealy time needed before mowing allowing the roots to get a bit deeper....

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