Zea Mays 60 – 75 days
I discovered this variety at Oikos Tree Crops, and was intrigued by the idea of a field corn that could be harvested in 60 days, and used for animal feed as well as flour. The idea of a corn that goes to tassle before other corn varieties would be a welcome strategy for saving your own pure seed and not being worried about crossing with neighboring GMO corn. While I was not able to get dry corn in 60 days (more like 75 days), I believe this could have been related somehow to the weather last season (2014). It was an unusually wet year and somewhat on the cool side. The ears for Alberta Clipper are smaller than other field corn. I was pleased with their stature, as the plants only reach 3′ to 4′ tall. This makes them ideal for small scale, intensive growing. I had good pollination and no worm damage. I plan to continue working with this variety and try to achieve a dry ear of field corn in 60 days. Alberta Clipper is an heirloom from Canada. Plant in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Direct seed 1″ deep, 12″ to 24″ apart in rows 36″ apart. For good pollination, plant in blocks of 5 rows. Corn is wind pollinated. If you intend on saving your seed you should separate plantings by a minimum of 600′ for home use or 1/2 to 1 mile for absolute purity.