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Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
(1913-1919)

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.
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          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,
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