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Reid's Yellow Dent - Corn Kernel (56g)
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Reid's Yellow Dent Corn (56g):
One of the most popular open-pollinated yellow variety grown in the United States. Originated by Robert Reid of Illinois in 1847 and improved by his son, James Reid. Color is a deeper yellow, with a lighter cap, but a reddish tinge often appears. The cobs tend to be small and dark red. Ears are 9 to 10" long and 7 to 8" around. Slightly rough, with kernels dented on top. Stalks are tall and leafy and make very good silage. Adapted to virtually every state. There are many uses for dent corns, such as making hominy, corn bread, corn fritters, grits, corn soup & more! Average: 110 days

Detailed planting instructions:
Corn requires rich, fertile soil. Add compost or well rotted manure in fall. Consider planting a legume cover crop the season before corn to help meet the nutrient needs of this heavy feeder. Make first planting after last frost date. Soil should be at least 65 F for fast germination. (Corn will not germinate if soil temperature is less than 55 F.) To speed increase in soil temperature, consider covering soil with black plastic for several weeks before planting. Plant seeds 1" deep and 4 to 6" apart in rows 30 to 36" apart. Thin to 8 to 12" spacing when plants are 3 to 4" tall. Increase seeding rates to ensure a good stand if soils are cold or you are using seed that has not been treated with fungicide. (Untreated seed has natural color. Treated seed is dyed).

To save space, you can intercrop corn with early-harvested cool-season crops. Corn plants have many roots close to the surface, so cultivate around them with care. You can hill soil up around the base of plants as they grow to bury small weeds in the row and give the corn a better foothold. After the soil has warmed, you can mulch corn to help suppress weeds and retain moisture. It is not necessary to remove suckers (side sprouts growing from the base of the plant). Studies show that removing them may actually reduce yields. Corn is a heavy feeder - particularly of nitrogen - and may require several sidedressings of fertilizer for best yields.

Look for signs of nutrient deficiency. Purple-tinged leaves are a sign of phosphorus deficiency. Pale green leaves are a sign of nitrogen deficiency. For miniature or baby corn, plant seeds 2 to 4 inches apart and harvest as silks emerge from the ear, or harvest secondary ears from normally spaced plantings, allowing the main ear to fully mature. Also try hybrids specifically bred for early baby corn harvest.

Of all the vegetables grown, corn is the one most often harvested too late. With corn, it is essential to pick it at the right time to get the best quality and flavor. Corn also starts to lose its quality quickly after it is harvested. Within 24 hours after being picked, most corn loses more than half its natural sugars by converting them to starch. Ideally, you should harvest your corn at the time you are ready to cook it.

Check sweet corn for ripeness when the the silks have turned brown but are still damp to the touch. Pull back the husk partially and puncture a kernel. If a clear liquid spurts out, the corn is not ready. If a milky liquid spurts out, it is ready and should be picked immediately! If no liquid emerges, the corn is past its prime. Beware, however, that though pulling back the husks is a reliable method of checking for ripeness, it does have a major disadvantage if the corn is still immature when you do the checking. Once you open an immature ear, it becomes susceptible to insect and other pests, as it continues to ripen. Attack by birds also becomes more likely. With a little experience and practice, you'll be able to judge the ripeness of corn fairly accurately, just by feeling the ends of the ears and not have to worry about that problem.

Saving Seeds:
To save corn seed choose the earliest and the best-developed corncobs you can find. Cover them with a large enough paper bag to be able tie the top off to keep the bugs and grubs out. Do not use a plastic bag as the cob needs to breathe. Allow the cob to develop and dry out on the stalk as long possible. To store the cobs, remove them from the bag, pull back the husks, and hang in a dry area away from bugs or rodents, or you will end up with a dried out corncob with no seed. When the cobs are fully dried out, carefully break-off the seed, store in a paper bag, and keep in a cool place (the bottom of the fridge is a good spot) until springtime and you want to sow it.
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: An excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

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instructions on growing Reid's Yellow Dent Corn February 27, 2017
Reviewer: Liz from Atlanta Ga.  
Your explanation is clear and easy to follow. I believe I can grow corn as a result of your instructions.
How do you determine the readiness of the corn by the corn's silk?

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Nice dent corn April 16, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Burwell NE United States  
Looks like healthy good corn seed--haven't planted it yet, but will soon.

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Organic non-GMO seed corn May 6, 2015
Reviewer: Sheryl Embler from Marina, CA United States  
I purchased the seeds and they arrived right on time. I haven't planted them yet but look forward to the planting and harvest.

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Dent Cord October 3, 2014
Reviewer: Rick Smith from Lisbon , IA United States  
Will be feeding my chickens this corn next year after it drys out.( The starch in the corn will keep them warm it the winter months.)

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Corn April 8, 2014
Reviewer: Margaret G Phillips from Fredericksburg, TX United States  
After 10 days, corn is sprouting in spite of below normal temperatures.  Please contact me in  month or so for update.

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