Corn got blown over in wind

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Mouse, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Mouse

    Mouse Well-Known Member

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    We had a bad thunderstorm yesterday evening and the wind was blowing pretty badly. Afterwards we went out to survey the damage and 1/3 of our corn was blown over onto the ground. And one of our tomato plants and its cage was blown over ontop of a couple of squash plants. We tried to stand the corn back up, but it didn't want to stay up. We tried to pack more dirt around the base of each plant, but it didn't help. So the stalks are just leaning upagainst the fence, kinda all piled up. This set of corn hasn't started growing the stuff that comes out the top for pollination yet (sorry this is our first year growing corn and I don't know the names of stuff yet) but it should any day.

    Will this corn come back and stand back up on itself? Will it keep growing? What should I do? Is there something I should have done to have prevented this that I can do next year?

    Thank you,
    Marion
     
  2. Barb

    Barb Well-Known Member

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    We got blasted a couple of days ago by at least 60mph winds in the night and the corn was over. All but a couple of stalks have righted themselves. Give it time. It should come back up by itself unless the roots were pulled from the ground.
     

  3. Mouse

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    OK, great, I was hoping they could come back up. Thank you very much.
     
  4. Sometimes you can lose your whole field of corn from blowover. I learned a long time ago to keep throwing dirt up on the stock as it grows. Just like you do your taters. Everytime you throw more dirt on the stock it will form more roots just below the surface which in turn will hold to the ground better incase of strong winds. I probably throw dirt to my corn at least 3 times while it's growing. Also, by doing this the soil will retain much more moisture deep down where the first original roots formed and there will be less failure due to drought. With the extra roots the stock will also receive more soil nutreints which in turn will give you a better/bigger quality ear of corn.
     
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    Thanks RH, That's very good to know. We'll do that next year
     
  6. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    i agree. corn roots try to knee up out of the ground, kind of like tree roots. if you hill up the corn, before those knees come to surface, it will help it withstand most winds that come through.
     
  7. gardentalk

    gardentalk Well-Known Member

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    We had some straight-line winds here in Sadieville, KY, about a month ago, and that knocked our corn over. I too tried to stand the corn back up, to no avail. Oddly enough, a couple of days later, the corn was standing again. Man, I just love this nature stuff WAY MORE than I ever loved computers and technology. :D
     
  8. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    Corn will naturally grow up after it falls down, it's called goose necking or lodging. You should still get a crop Older corn which is tougher in the stalk won't though. I've seen that in field corn.
     
  9. vicki in NW OH

    vicki in NW OH Well-Known Member

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    With no other choice of location, our gardens are exposed to the winds that come with strong thunderstorms in the summer. The corn always lodged, and some of it never came back up.

    We have discovered that if when we plant the corn seed, dig a trench, maybe a foot or so deep, plant the seed and cover with an inch or so of soil. As the corn grows, fill in with soil and then hill real good. The last two years the corn has stood up to the really bad wind during storms.