If you own your farm and grow corn, you likely depend on your corn to make money. If your corn crop is not doing well, below are some tips on how you can get your corn crop healthy again.
Corn loves to feed so you need to ensure you fertilize it at the beginning of the growing season and later in the year to help it continue to grow.
You can send a sample of your soil to an extension office in your area to have it tested. This will show you what nutrients your soil is lacking in. The pH level for corn should be slightly acidic so a pH between 6 and 6.5 will allow the best growing conditions for your corn.
There are a variety of fertilizers on the market today but you should consider using organic fertilizers. These fertilizers better nourish the soil without using any kind of chemicals and leaving behind toxic restudies.
You can purchase organic fertilizer at garden centers or you can find this fertilizer online. Some ingredients you should look for in the fertilizer you purchase includes:
- Bone meal
- Fish emulsion
- Cottonseed meal
- Rock phosphate
- Alfalfa meal
The fertilizer you purchase will come with instructions on how to apply it to your crop. If you want to ensure the soil is healthy, send another sample to the extension office after you fertilize it to see if the pH levels are now correct.
Corn requires approximately two inches of water per week. If you have periods of drought in your area, you need to provide this water yourself. Using an irrigation system would be the best way, especially if you have a large corn crop.
One type of irrigation system that works well is drip irrigation. With this, small poly tubing with emitters is snaked throughout the corn crop. Water releases from the emitters at a slow rate and goes directly into the roots of the corn. Drip irrigation will ensure your corn stays watered at all times. There are devices you can attach to the irrigation system that will automatically turn it on and off each day at a time that you set.
You can leave the tubing laying on top of the soil, or you can bury it under a couple of inches of soil if you want to protect the tubing from damage.
You should hire a professional to install the drip irrigation system for you if you have a large corn crop.
These two tips should help you have a healthy corn crop so you can make money and have delicious corn on your table.