Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix (Organic)

Zea mays. Flinty Dent. 90-100 days.

Our main crop field corn that we grow for cornmeal, flour and for making masa. Open Oak Party Mix is the best corn we offer for nixtamalization and making your own hominy or pozole. After grinding, we sometimes sift out the coarse polenta from the flour and we have two different staple foods from a single crop. Selected for large, thick, early ears that range in color from yellow to orange to red. We especially love the ears that are dark orange with yellow caps because it gives the illusion of a burning flame. All single colored ears, which is useful for zeroing in on the particular flavor of each color. When given good fertility, expect very tall plants and high yields. A flinty dent type selected from a freely crossed population of Wapsie Valley Dent, Vermont Flint, Garland Flint, Italian Polenta and several unnamed dent varieties from a University of Wisconsin breeding project for nutrition. This is a diverse population, still purposefully variable. Open Oak Party Mix is currently being included in research trials by Oregon State University’s Dry Farm Collaborative. They are growing and researching multiple varieties under dry farm (non-irrigated) conditions and the results for Open Oak Party mix are very promising so far.

2 oz ≈ 200 seeds.

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8 oz ≈ 800 seeds.

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Corn does best when direct sown 1” deep, spaced at 12” centers, but can be planted as close as 8″ apart if given enough fertility. If sowing early in cold soil we recommend soaking seed overnight in water before sowing. Sow once danger of frost has passed. For optimal pollination do not plant a single row, instead plant 3-4 rows in blocks of at least 100 plants. Use row cover to protect emerging seedlings from birds and insects.

Seed Saving

Harvest cobs for grain or seed when stalks are brown and ears are dry. Fold husk back and leave indoors to finish drying completely. Remove kernels by rubbing two cobs together, or by hand. Test for dryness with a hammer; dry kernels shatter. Isolate from other corn by distance –1 mile – or time, two weeks – between sowings.

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  1. Jordan

    Easy germination, grew to 12 feet tall.


    Where did you grow this variety? Canada

    I Live in the gulf islands off the eastern side of Vancouver island. Zone ranges from 7-9 depending on what you look at.
    So i grew about 130 plants this year. I Started planting them around may 26th. I had all but 2 plants come up. The plants grew very easily and sure liked to receive human pee. Due to this years rain patterns the plants grew without any real irrigation except during the first few weeks. I am very impress with how the plants grew and also the vast variety of colours.
    Had it not been for this years unseasonably wet summer. I believe it would have been even better and it would have ripened sooner. Due to pests, i ended up harvesting it earlier than i would have liked to.

    The plants themselves grew from 1-5 different stalks, or tillers.

    I have yet to eat any of the corn, it is just finishing drying next to the wood stove. I am hoping to save seed from the colours which i like and i will be including some of the seed corn from Adaptive seeds into my seed mix to keep the gene pool diverse.

    To see some more photos. Please look at

    Here is what i did with the corn stalks

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  2. CD

    Looking for a corn to grow for poultry and livestock


    Where did you grow this variety? Other

    Do you have the nutritional analysis for this corn? Would it do well in the South East US?
    Thank you!

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  3. Marlin Yoder

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    Where did you grow this variety? Northeastern US

    Very happy with this Corn,great germination ,Grew well for the weather we had here in Ohio.Makes great tasting corn Mush

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  4. john

    doing great in a cold climate


    Where did you grow this variety? Northeastern US

    planted this the last week of May at 2200 ft in northern Vermont. despite cold spring and summer it’s doing great. many stalks over 10′. many have multiple ears. looks amazing.

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