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Can different corn types grow in the same field?

The different types of sweet corn, or field corn, should be separated by at least 250 feet or by at least 14 days in maturity. The pollen from one corn plant will influence the kernel of another plant. Since the different types of corn use different genes to control the sweetness, different types will produce kernels of normal field corn. Yellow and white sweet corns should also be separated for this reason.

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Close-up view of an ear of field corn encased in brown husk ready for harvest.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Sweet Corn, Corn September 7, 2018

Field corn is harvested after it has dried sufficiently, which means the husks are brown, not green like the husks of fresh sweet corn. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Filed Under: Other Vegetables, Peas and Beans, Sweet Corn, Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens August 6, 2001

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Just as Good Friday signals the time to get the spring garden in the ground, August's heat is the indication that it's time to plant the fall garden.

Filed Under: Sweet Corn, Vegetable Gardens July 3, 2000

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

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