Boone County White Corn Seed

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Boone County White Corn Seed (110-120 days)


Boone County White was created by Mr. James Riley of Boone County, Indiana back in 1874. 

Mr. Riley started with the variety "White Mastodon" and selected on the traits he desired such as ear size and leaf size.

A few years later he released his new corn and named it Boone County White. 

Boone County was very popular for good reason. 

It is a very heavy producer of huge ears that measure 9-11" in length. 

That is almost a foot long! 

The uniform ears have 18-22 rows. 

Heavily leaved, which is great for shading out understory weeds. 

9-11' stalks. 

Boone County white is a diverse corn that is used for silage, stock feed and corn meal. 

A great deal of information has been lost about the performance of some of these old varieties.  Fortunately some old historical information exists that really helps us today.  The 1936 USDA Yearbook of Agriculture recommended Boone County White for the following states IL, KY, MD, MO, NE, VA, and WV.   This is not to say Boone County White will only perform in these states, but it does let us know the USDA was impressed with yields in these states in 1936.  


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1-2" 75-85 70-80 4-8 12-24" 6-8" 15 lb. Full

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Planting Tips:

When to Plant Heirloom Corn Seed:  The most common mistake people make is planting corn seed too early, making the seed rot in the cold soil.  Heirloom corn is believed to have originated in Mexico.  If you are thinking margaritas, palm trees, and hot sandy beaches, you are on the right track.  Heirloom corn hates the cold.  There are a few corn varieties that you can put in the soil when it's below 65 degrees, but not many.  If you want to get a jump start on corn, plant in the greenhouse and transplant corn to the garden later when ALL DANGER OF FROST IS PAST.  Do not let these corn transplants get much bigger than 4-6"s or they will not develop properly later.  Make sure what you plant your corn seed in has nice deep trays and try not to disturb the roots too much when transplanting your heirloom corn seedlings.

Planting heirloom corn seed: 
Corn does best on a deep, well-drained soil which has an abundant and uniform supply of water throughout the growing season. 

Fertilization:  The Indians were dead on when they planted a fish under every corn plant.  Heirloom corn is a greedy feeder and will produce much better with an ample supply of nitrogen.  I plant plenty of fava beans in the spring and chop them into the ground a few weeks before I plant corn seed.  Favas put amazing amounts of nitrogen into the ground naturally and without harsh chemicals.  I also work in plenty of composted manure and a bit of bone/blood meal.   Many folks use alfalfa in the same way as fava beans for excellent results with corn..

Bulk Heirloom Corn Seed For Sale:  You will find many of our heirloom corns in bulk quantities for sale.  We have tried hard to locate as many quality heirloom corn varieties as possible.  The greatest expense these days is shipping bulk heirloom corn wholesale because of the high fuel prices and the heavy weight of bulk corn quantities.  

Seeding Rate:

17,000-25,000 plants/acre, 14-20 lb. per acre.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.

Developmenalt Problems:

Many strange things can happen to corn when it is developing from seed emergence to harvest time.  This poster (to the right) from Ohio State University gives you a good illustration of what can and does happen.

This link from OSU is an excellent resource for troubleshooting potential issues with your corn as well: http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/corn/specialist-announcements/ear-abnormalities/troubleshooting-abnormal-corn-ears-and-related-disorders#LowTemp


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