Planting Of maize

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Planting Of maize

Post by peterumimo » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:36 pm

Planting moisture requirement. Dryland maize should be planted on a full soil moisture profile. Irrigated crops should be irrigated pre-plant and then if using flood irrigation not watered until 6 weeks old (pre-tasselling). If conditions are hot and dry, a quick flush 2 - 3 weeks after emergence may be required
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Till the soil with a rototiller or a hoe to a depth of 6 inches. Test the soil to verify that the pH level is between 6 to 6.5. Correct the soil, if necessary with powdered lime. You can find lime at most home improvement stores.
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Fertilize the soil with 12-12-12 fertilizer, 3 pounds for every 100 feet of garden. Add a second layer of fertilizer later in the growing season, when plants are 12 inches tall.
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Create even rows in the garden using a hoe. Space rows 30 to 36 inches apart. Pile each row into a narrow hill. Corn needs pollination to produce its vegetables, so create several rows rather than one long one. A set of short rows produces more corn than one or two rows.
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Poke the top of the hill with your finger, creating a hole from 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep. Drop in one or two kernels of corn. Cover the top of the hole loosely with soil. Do not pack the soil. Move down the hill approximately 8 inches and poke another hole into the hill. Continue to add corn until all the corn is planted.
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Water the corn the day after planting the seeds.

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