My house is surrounded by corn and even more corn.
It actually makes a very nice natural privacy fence.
Anyway, what you may not know is what type of corn it is that is grown in the fields around my house and on our family farm.
There are several types of corn. There are 5 main types of corn that are used in food production: dent, sweet, pop, flint, and flour. Check out Versagrain for a basic, yet good explanation of these 5 types of corn.
On our family farm we grow dent corn, which we call field corn, and sweet corn.
Each year, we grow about 700 acres of yellow field corn. 100% of the corn we grow is used to feed our pigs throughout the year.
We also grow a small amount of sweet corn on our family farm for us to enjoy in the summer months as nothing says summer quite like sweet corn. Because we love our sweet corn, my husband and father-in-law plant our sweet corn on the edge of one of our field corn fields with our field corn planter.
This really makes planting the sweet corn relatively easy, but every once in awhile there will be a renegade field corn seed in the planter which will result in a field corn stalk in the middle of the sweet corn field.
And although we don't grow any, we consume a fair amount of popcorn at this pig pen.
Thanks for tuning into this week's Farmer Fridays.