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Old 08-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone Growing FIELD CORN ?

If you prefer eating ripe cooking bananas over dessert bananas,

you'll love Field Corn. Huge ears and great corn flavor, doen't even

taste a little like a Cavendish.

So if one thinks the only corn worth eating is a Sweet Corn type. One is,

in my opinion, locking themself out of life's greater pleasures.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not field corn...Glass Gem Corn!



It has not tasseled yet so I hope they turn out okay with all this rain.


8/4/13 Corn tasseling without ears..what's up w'dat? So it looks like a failure.
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I am breeding blue field corn, and the regular corn I grew at the research station yielded 200 bu/ac
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Somebody please help me here! Field corn is tough and starchy. Should I be asking how one could cook it and make it less like cardboard, or is that the point? You like tough and starchy?
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Somebody please help me here! Field corn is tough and starchy. Should I be asking how one could cook it and make it less like cardboard, or is that the point? You like tough and starchy?
If you get it in the milk stage it is pretty good. You can make excellent cuban style tamales with it.
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My family has Celiac (gluten intolerance) and I enjoy growing our own food, so, field/grain corn is a big importance here. Personally I don't care much for sweet corn, especially considering it isn't much when you consider how much you put into growing it.

Now, way up here in the northwest we have very cool and short summers so it's a terrible place to grow corn, however I have certain old varieties I LOVE both for their ability to withstand our summers and also their beautiful colors. They include Oaxacan Green Dent, Red Mandan, Painted Mountain, and Roy's Calais corn. All great for flour uses, and healthier than normal yellow or white corn due to the nutrients in the colors themselves. I also grow corn in my greenhouse, more heat-loving oldies such as Rainbow Incan, Anasazi Flour, and Wade's Indian Giant. Anasazi Flour might also like it outdoors but I just don't have enough seed yet to try it. I first want to breed some in the greenhouse, then use the seed outdoors the next year.

I love that someone else has Glass Gem corn - I put myself on the waitlist for it, but then decided not to get some at the time. I personally would like to know its background and hear from someone that it is indeed useful as flour corn, not just "silage" corn.


Edited to add there are indeed field/flour corn varieties that also go well as sweet corn. I've tried Anasazi Flour corn in the milk stage and it was great!
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Illia, Could you show us those varieties of corn. Most I have never heard of before.

Glass Gem Corn produces a diversity of gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A popcorn, the kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped.
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Funny to see this post today. In Iowa our field corn is just getting close to the milk / roasting ears / fake sweet corn stage. A few hours ago we opened the first ears and took a few bites. It is still too young but OK.
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I don't have any photos of my Oaxacan Green Dent yet, as the previous years I never got any photos and last year I didn't grow it, but here's some Google results, click on the Images part for an idea on appearance. They are gorgeous in my opinion. I fell in love with them when my family tried them out one year, neglected them all summer, then I found the cobs laying on the ground the following autumn in gorgeous blue and green hues.

I've got photos of last year's Anasazi, Wade's, and Incan but it will take me til tomorrow to upload and edit them to a good size.
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My favorite is Truckers Special, (truckers favorite) or at least that is what I remember. It grew to at least 8 foot tall and produced 2 ears per stalk of which were 12 to 14 inches long and over 3 inches in diameter. They were well watered and much compost was in their diet. After a small storm they were knocked down so we propped them up and they finished to ripening stage. Very delicious if harvested at the right time. Will be planting a large crop in Janurary.
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