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Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by fortunateson, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    Any idea what went wrong?

    This is Golden Bantam non - hybrid variety.
    The plants came up strong though I fought corn borers all season. They suddenly browned up at the end of July, so I picked what ears where this is the result.

    One ear actually started sprouting!

    I tried cooking some and it tasted very starch and mealy. GB is supposed to be a sweet variety.

    Everything I'm reading says that the minimum size for a patch of corn is 10 x 10. This was only about 5 plants, so I think they did not pollinate.

    I'm hoping that next year, I'll have a bit more success against the bugs and drought and also plant a larger patch.
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  2. VicinSea

    VicinSea Monkey+

    Wow! Weird Corn!

    That is some weird corn! I would be looking around for other corn patches in the area to see if it got cross-pollinated but I would bet it was the Seed company's patch that get accidentally mixed. Those huge kernels look more like hominy.

    Weird fact: each kernel of corn is pollinated individually--Each potential kernel on the ear has a silk attached to it.

    Some good info on corn:
    http://www.uwex.edu/ces/crops/Pollination.htm (How corn pollinates.)
    http://www.maizegdb.org/IMP/WEB/pollen.htm (How to pollinate corn by hand.)

    And, here is a good link on using a little oil to prevent worm damage:
    http://www.pfi.iastate.edu/ofr/Crops/SA14_Protecting_Sweet_Corn_from_Corn_Earworm_w_Oil_and Btk.pdf

    Good luck on your next patch!
  3. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Sorry to make fun, but you might want to read up on hominy. Hominy is corn that has been processed to get the final product you can find in cans at the grocery store. It isn't a different type or species of corn. Just thought you should know.....lol
  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Homemade Hominy
    (This isn't an exact recipe as such. However, it should be close enough that you could make hominy without much difficulty by following it and using your own good judgment.)
    One late afternoon, sitting on Mr. and Mrs. Matt Burnette's front porch, the subject of hominy came up. They have made hominy many times and remembered their parents and grandparents making it.
    Originally, one necessary ingredient was lye. To get lye, they used a section of a hollow tree, set it on a base that slanted, and filled the hollow part of the tree section with ashes from the fireplace. The very best ashes were green oak ashes. Water was then poured through the ashes. When the water trickled through at the bottom, it was caught in a bucket and poured back through the ashes until the lye water was as strong as they wanted it. They used this lye water to make hominy and homemade soap.
    The next step was to soak dry corn in the lye water until the skin and the little "nib" at the point came off. This might take a day or two and the hominy was stirred occasionally during the time.
    When the skin would come off, the corn would be swelled to a certain extent to break those skins and then it was washed thoroughly, many, many times to remove all the lye.
    The last thing to do then was to cook the corn until it was tender, cover it with a generous amount of butter, salt to taste and "dig in."
    I asked Miss Addie Wood about more exact measurements and she said she had made some hominy and canned it about a year ago.
    Folks today usually use soda to soak the corn. Both Miss Addie and the Burnette's told me this
    Miss Addie said she did about a gallon and a half of corn and used about two boxes of soda to soak the corn in, the soda being dissolved in enough water to cover the corn. From there on, the recipe is the same. Stir occasionally until the skins come off the corn, which takes a day or two, then wash it well to remove all the skins and soda. Then cook the corn until tender.
    Mrs. Burnette told me that they used to have a certain amount of their corn "cracked" or very course ground when they took it to the mill. This they would prepare like hominy but was called hominy grits. They would make patties out of it and fry them for fried hominy grits.
  5. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    That first one looks like Corn Smut with the mushroomy look.
  6. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    The white stuff on the second pic...can you wash it or wipe it? If yes, then it's probably fungus...seen few of those, black, white, green, yellow...even reddish.
  7. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    We raised some corn in an EarthBox, a small container about 18" by 30" called for 8 plants. Our problem with the boxes was that they got top heavy, and were easily blown over by wind. From the look of your pictures, you did not water them enough during the dry spell, and the pollination issue. For pollination, find a plant with a lot of pollen on it, and cut the top with the pollen off. Take the pollen-laden piece and gently shake it over the top of the ears where the silks are on all your plants. That should take care of the pollination issue. Advice courtesy of my wife Shirley, known around our little village as "The Garden Lady"
  8. VicinSea

    VicinSea Monkey+

    Hominy-Lye Processed Field Corn

    Actually corn for hominy is a different species--its field corn or flint-corn that is dried.

    The corn we grow to eat as corn on the cob is sweet corn. It is never meant to be dried and so it tends to mold in the husks before it will dry out.
  9. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    I know how you feel now. Harvested all of our corn and half of it looked like yours or worse! Left the 2 biggest ears on to go to seed and I hope they are good.
  10. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    still got more corn than me.

    our 4 legged fall over winter larder beasts (deer) ate all 12 rows twice.

    so i'll just wait to collect my harvest that they converted into some yummy meat protein.
  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    <style></style>My thoughts exactly. Not so worried about the deer crashing the fence but we have elk here that can do it.
  12. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    Sooo, you put up a high voltage electric fence and doing some protein harvesting and cooking simultaneously!... [drooling] b::
  13. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    While you are right in that certain types of corn may be grown specifically to be converted commercially into hominy, you are wrong in thinking sweet corn can not be allowed to grow and age on the stalk to the point of being dry. How do you think non-hybrid sweet corn seeds are saved for the next season. Any dried corn can be processed into hominy! Sweet corn, popcorn, multicolored onamental corn, flint, dent, or whatever!!!
  14. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    That would work but I could end up with way more protein then I could store away.
  15. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    And THAT is what friends are for! To help you dispose of all that protein an convert it to fertilizer! Ain't nature wonderfull?... [drooling] b::
  16. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    foosed We let our sweet corn dry on the stalk every year that we are going to use for seed. We raise Texas Honey June and always have great results with it. The husk is so tight that bugs have a hard time getting in, so we lose very little to them.

  17. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Too kep deer and elk out of your garden try the following... go to a barber shop and collect the cut hair... place it in old panty hose legs and distribute around your garden... the hair maintains the human smell and will repel the deer...

    onbly issue is if you want to hunt in your back yard... then they may be a might skittish...
  18. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Check these out for hair mats

    Compost Guy

  19. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    Deer in garden is just a bonus [dunno]

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