Wapsie Valley Corn

Wapsie Valley Corn OG

Annual grass. Up to 9'. Frost-sensitive. 85 days to mature grain. Open-pollinated heirloom dent corn dating back to 1850 is two-color, producing ears of either all coppery red or all dark yellow kernels. It produces huge stalks and large well-formed ears. Certified organic.

A favorite with Maine’s organic dairy farmers, from Two Loons Farm in South China to Sheepscot Valley Farm in Whitefield. We tried other corn varieties and Wapsie bested all the competition in our sales numbers. Plant as soon as the soil is warm (at least 60°). While corn will establish poorly in cool soil, late planting decreases yields. Corn requires high fertility (plant after legumes in your crop rotation) and does not like to have wet feet. It competes poorly with weeds and requires frequent cultivation to perform well. Overseed white clover or annual ryegrass after the final cultivation to reduce the risk of erosion and discourage late-germinating weeds.

Corn has gotten a bad reputation because of the environmental damage caused by millions of acres of heavily sprayed corn monocropped in middle America, and the damage to public health caused by out-of-control corn subsidies. But you can grow corn responsibly in an organic rotation; in moderation it is a valuable part of the human diet; and it can be a boon to livestock growers seeking to meet their animals’ energy needs on limited acreage.

As food: Starchy dent corn grinds easily to a yellow cornmeal flecked with maroon. Also great nixtamalized to make masa for tortillas or tamales. A surprise star in OGS staffer John Paul Rietz’s cornbread tasting, even besting Floriani Flint corn. Seed at 15#/acre, ½#/1000 sq ft.

As feed: Wapsie is a high-yielding and reliable silage corn. For grain, open-pollinated corn has 25% more protein than hybrid corn. Wapsie grain has tested as high as 10.75%. Seed at 20#/acre.



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Field Corn

Of all the grain crops, corn Zea mays has the highest yield potential per acre, making it a favorite of farmers around the world. Corn has gotten a bad reputation because the of the environmental damage caused by millions of acres of heavily sprayed corn monocropped in middle America, and the damage to public health caused by out-of-control corn subsidies. In moderation corn is a valuable part of the human diet; and it can be a boon to livestock growers seeking to meet their animals’ energy needs on limited acreage.

Seed corn as soon as the soil is warm (at least 60°). While corn will establish poorly in cool soil, late planting decreases yields. Corn will tolerate pH of 5.6-7.5, requires high fertility, and does not like to have wet feet. Corn competes poorly with weeds and requires frequent cultivation to perform well. Plant following a clover cover crop or after plowing in a stand of alfalfa. A cover crop such as white clover or annual ryegrass may be overseeded following the final cultivation (when corn is 12–16" high) to reduce the risk of erosion and discourage late-germinating weeds.

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Organic Seed

We are a MOFGA-certified organic repacker and handler of seed and feed.
None of our seed is treated with fungicides.

Organically grown seed is labeled OG.

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