|Our quarter acre buck pasture turned corn field for the summer.|
It wasn't just a matter of plowing and planting. This field was targeted for this year's remineralization program. I had the soil tested earlier and based on the test results we tilled in dolomitic limestone, soft rock phosphate, sul-po-mag, borax, mangenese sulfate, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, cobalt sulfate, and feather meal, as per the recommendations of that test (Albrecht method).
When the corn is about 6 inches tall, I'm going to plant Ozark Razorback cowpeas with it. I alternated the corn rows first two feet, then four feet. The cowpeas will go between the 2 foot rows, where it can grow up the corn. The 4 foot rows will be for walking and picking, and mowing down the weeds.
We planted Truckers Favorite field corn, which needs 95 to 105 days to reach maturity. That puts it at the end of September, and with our first frost due mid to late October, we should get a harvest.
I like Truckers Favorite because it grows well here, is easy to shell, and makes very tasty cornbread. More importantly, the kernels are small enough to feed to the chickens without cracking, which would be more work! The Ozark Razorbacks are also small, tasty for us, manageable by the chickens, and enjoyed with the pods by the goats.
It's a relief to get this done. According to another old saying, our corn may not be kneehigh by the 4th of July, but at least it's planted.
Field Corn: Better Late Than Never © June 2013