Sustainably Grown Corn Seed
Painted corn is extremely cold and drought tolerant for a corn. This corn was developed in Montana by Dave Christensen over the past 30 years from over 1000 native and commercial strains of corn. Painted Mountain corn grows about 5' tall producing ears about 7" long.
Painted Mountain makes very tasty cornmeal for muffins, cornbread or chips. This corn can also be eaten fresh or roasted in the early "milk" stage. Painted Mountain corn seed has an amazing level of protein at 13%.
Dave says when he has no plants down from wind and it is hand harvested he can get 105 bu/acre! Excellent for an OP corn.
Very hard to find this true cold tolerant strain.
Dave Christensen, the breeder of Painted Mountain, says...
"Painted Mountain grows fast even in cold climates where other corns struggle to stay alive in early spring. It also pollinates and fills out ears during the searing heat of the dry Montana summer. It takes 90 days to mature as dry grain in my cold mountain climate, about 2-4 weeks ahead of other "90 day" corn. Some people say the Painted Mountain makes dry grain in only 70 days when taken to a warmer climate. I have received many reports of yields around 50 bu/acre and often to 60 or 70 bu.acre. This is very good for a very early corn in a stressed location. Keep in mind that the hybrid varieties often fail completely in these high stress locations. I have gotten good production reports from every part of the USA , and many parts of the world from Siberia to South Africa . Painted Mountain will grow food where many varieties will fail. Farmers find it a very efficient food source if grazed by livestock right off the field. The lack of woodiness in the stalks and soft starch of the grain give it a higher digestibility to animals than other corns. The highly nutritious grain promises to have many uses for humans and farm animals.
I have spent most of my adult life creating this important gene pool of corn that is one of the most productive crops for stressed regions of the world. This primitive corn is capable of helping many more people overseas, and farmers in the western USA, but it needs continued breeding to improve it. I have developed many lines for many purposes, but I am only inching along compared to what could be done with more resources. I am a corn breeder and I would appreciate help in improving this corn to help feed more people." copyright 2007
Had to sow seeds 1 week apart and all sprouts look to be same age in growth. March 12 2021 planted rest of corn. By March 13 first planting started breaking surface. Planted over 250 seeds give or take and best estimates about 10 seeds didn't sprout from initial planting. So far very satisfied with the corn. Still have 2 months to go till can determine production rate. All was planted in a 3 by 8 raised bed. Can add water and nutrients as need and control the environment better. Hoping for a great germination rate do to planting in clusters.
We have attempted to grow this corn four times. We were successful twice. But, the corn was not the problem. It is the high winds we get in Eastern New Mexico. When the winds let the stalks stand, we get beautiful corn. We'll keep planting it.
Wonderful seeds, just by looking at the seeds you can tell the product quality. The very best of any corn seed I ever planted. Very fast and productive. Thank you very much. Will preserve this variety for many years to come. I recomend it to everyone who loves corn.