Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Moore, R. A.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 14: how to get good seed corn PDF (993.6 KB)
be missed. After the corn is husked, many ears will be found imper- feet and these should be, discarded. Those that are well formed and desirable for seed should be put into the proper place for curing upon the same day that they are taken from the field. A few things to remember when curing seed corn: 1. Do not dry it in the direct rays of the sun. 2. Do not expose partially kiln dried corn to zero weather. 3. Allow free cir- How To Oure Good Sed culation of air the first few days while kiln drying. 4. After kiln drying place corn in a dry room free from rats and mice. When taken from the stalk, corn usually contains from 20 to 30 per cent of water. The most convenient way of ridding the corn of this excessive moisture is-.by the use of artificial heat, and the corn should be well dried out before it is stored away for the winter. 1~ s.! 1~ a.1 FIGURE 2. FOUR DKYICES FOR CURING SEED CORN. At the left the double cord Is abown. The rack In the center consists of a square frame of 2 x 4 inch strips on each Aide of which wires have been stapled two inches ai~art each way.. The ears of corn are .laid up~on these two sets of wires. Next is shown alier single cord method of tying and.at the right hangs a rack made of heavy wire ill which the ears are laid. Corn should never be placed against the south side of a building in the strong sunlight, as the direct rays of the sun will soon injure the vitality of the seed. If corn is cured by hanging What Not To Do. under a porch or under the roof of a corn crib, it should be stored away before hard freezing weather sets in, in a dry room where it will not take in moisture from the out- side air. Germination tests show that corn kept in a dry room or attic i;r fire dried will generally give a test of from 98 to 100 per cent, but where left shocked in the field or on the standing stalk throughout the winter not infrequently every kernel fails to grow. During some exceptional years when the corn matures well, it will withstand freezing and retain its vitality on the stalks or in cribs fairly well, but in most years if the seed is not carefully cured its vitality will be materially reduced. Where a kitchen or furnace room can be used for curing corn, - : I
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