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How Many Pounds of Corn Seed to an Acre?

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The amount of seed corn needed to plant an acre will vary by row spacing and seed type. For example, if seeds are planted at 10-inch intervals in rows 3 feet apart, you would need 5 to 6 lbs. of supersweet sweet corn, or 9 to 10 lbs. of sweet corn, North Carolina State University explains.

Plant Corn Seed

Plant corn seeds two weeks after the last frost date for your area. Corn is a warm-season vegetable and grows best in air temperatures between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit and a soil temperature between 60 and 65 F. Planting corn in cold, wet soils can prevent seeds from germinating. Amend the soil with aged compost turned 6 inches deep into the soil along with 3 pounds per 100 square feet of soybean meal or cotton-seed meal that is rich in nitrogen. Choose a location with full sun and enough space to plant the corn in blocks rather than one long row. Block planting increases pollination because corn is wind-pollinated. Plant corn seeds about 1 to 11/2 inches deep, and space seeds 2 to 4 inches apart. Thin plants when they reach 4 to 6 inches in height. Water seeds well after planting.

  • The amount of seed corn needed to plant an acre will vary by row spacing and seed type.
  • Corn is a warm-season vegetable and grows best in air temperatures between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit and a soil temperature between 60 and 65 F. Planting corn in cold, wet soils can prevent seeds from germinating.
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