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Last Post 05 Jan 2010 04:39 PM by BIG RED. 5 Replies.
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01 Jan 2010 02:43 PM  

We hunt a private 210 acre farm in Renn County (NASSAU) we have an established 1acre clover food plot already which the deer love in the fall, there are several brush hog cuts on the property with hard wood ridges,thickets and ,inbetween several smaller fields which are cut twice in summer and fall, we ( the landowner and my hunting buddy) want to plant an 5 -10 acre plot of standing cornor possibly 100 to 150 yard cuts of corn.  my question is where can we get field corn in bulk  and how much is it? question #2 can you plant that whole corn from tractor supply that you feed to squirills? The owner has tractor and disc and field plow, brush hog already. Just lookin for some advice.

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02 Jan 2010 01:43 PM  
if you want to plant seed corn from a dealer you better hold on to your a$$.it is not cheap.seed corn prices have shot up in price over the last couple of years drasticly.you can plant the same corn that you feed the tree rats as long as it wasn't rolled or steamed.treat it with gro-coat to get better germination.i had goodluck with it on old oates and soybeans.try to keep corn in rows at 3-4 seeds per foot or 10-15,000 seeds per acre on 28-30" rows.not sure of the area in n.y. that your in ,you might want to use a 90-100 day corn if buying seed corn from a dealer.if your not worried about yield production for resale,i would recommend the corn that your feeding.it will be several hundreds of dollars cheaper.
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02 Jan 2010 06:04 PM  

thanks for the advice,  ya we are not growing the corn to sell, we are just gonna grow and let stand.

5-10 acres in 30 yard by 200 yard long strips just out from the tree line, possibly make a couple L shaped strips also.

we are near Albany, the Capital of NY east of it,  in the Rennseler County. We are just looking for cow or field corn as its called. Ive heard we can plant the tractor supply corn. That comes in 50lb bags for like 8 bucks.  Do you think it would be ok to just broadcast it or does it have to be in rows? after the area is plowd and disc'd of course.

 

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02 Jan 2010 09:10 PM  
the $8corn will work.compared to $100-150/bag.you can broad cas spread it on,just have soil worked good then run a cultipactor over it .treat the seed with the gro-coat for better germination.then put on a good starter fertilizer(13-13-13).once the corn is about knee high put some more fert.(20+ -10-10)on to help the stalks and for more corn on the cob.the better the crop the better they'll like it.
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05 Jan 2010 02:13 PM  

Thanks Big Red, We'll prob just to the tractor supply corn.  Ive heard from diff people that if your planting corn just for a food plot and not looking to sell it that will be fine, i'll heed your advice on the gro-coat too.  Ill post pics in the spring and summer and fall. Why would hunters spend big money on corn if you can just plant the tractor supply corn for $8 50lbs? Field (cow corn) will be just fine for us.

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05 Jan 2010 04:39 PM  
the reason most farmers plant the more expensive seed is due to genetics for specific areas and guarentees.the corn you may be buying could come from about anywhere and has not been treated,it's mixed with other varieties,and could be 2yrs or more old.the corn you may plant could only have about 75-80% germination with ideal weather.the other may have 80-95%germination.pending on soil comp,planting,fertilizing and weather,you might get 75bushel /acre,the other due to more standard practice of planting could due 125bu/acre+.that's a big dfferance when doing it for a living.what your doing will be just fine.will look forward to the pics this year.here a good crop of corn should be knee high by the 4 of july.(ohio)
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