Flint Corn, Saskatoon White (Organic)
Zea mays. Flint. 70-80 days.
The earliest dry corn we have ever grown. Reliable and delicious, although not high yielding. We consider it our fail safe insurance corn crop for cold years when late spring rains prevent planting and/or early fall rains set in. Very short plants have one or two small, slender ears of mostly glassy white kernels. Occasionally produces red and orange colored cobs. Tastes fantastic when made into hoecakes or arepas, a corncake from Colombia and Venezuela. May be related to Saskatchewan White and certainly originated in Canada. We received our strain from Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in 2005, he is not sure of its origin.
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.
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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