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Trucker's Favorite White Dent Corn

Trucker's Favorite White Dent Corn

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Trucker's Favorite White
Dent Corn

80 to 115 days — 'Trucker's Favorite White' is an early, old standard dent corn variety that produces nine inch ears and have between sixteen and eighteen rows of tender, relatively sweet white kernels, making it a favorite roasting corn or frying corn. The plants grow to about six to seven feet tall.

As with all field corn it is best picked in early milk stage (about 80 days) for eating fresh. A high yielding variety, it was introduced in 1899 by T. W.  Wood & Sons.[1,2] In their announcement that year, they stated:
"Makes Fine Shaped Roasting Ears—A Splendid Second Early Corn. This new white corn makes a most desirable green corn for second early planting, to come in immediately after 'Adams Early'. It makes a larger ear than 'Adams Early', more uniform in shape, and a most attractive and salable ear in the green state, when offered in our markets. It has good deep grains, and fills out well to the end, is of excellent flavor, and keeps green and tender for some time after reaching the roasting-ear state. When it has been grown, it is very highly appreciated as a roasting-ear corn, and will prove a most valuable variety for second early roasting-ears for the trucker and market gardener and for home use."
Each ounce is approximately 75 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Soil must be at least 65ºF to germinate. Be patient and do not plant too early or you will waste a lot of seed! Plant in full sun and keep it watered. Corn is a wind-pollinated plant. Plant in blocks several rows wide to ensure full ears.

Sow seeds about 1½ to 2½ inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 6 to 12 inches apart.

Harvest Information:

Pick the ears for dry grain or decoration when the husks are dry and the kernels are hard enough that you cannot make a dent in them with your fingernail. Many people pick the ears too early when kernels are still soft. If this is done they shrivel up and shrink and their beauty is destroyed. They cannot finish maturing once they have been picked.

Even though the ears look dry, there remains moisture deep within the cob. If you were to enclose them in a box, the moisture would cause them to sour and mold. You may let them dry longer on the plants if neither weather nor predators are damaging them. Otherwise hang them up or lay them out in the open until they are completely dry inside.

Informational References:
  1. "List of American Varieties of Vegetables for the Years 1901 and 1902," by W. W. Tracy, Jr., USDA, 1903.
  2. "Wood's High Grade Seeds and Guide for the Farm and Garden," T. W. Woods & Sons, 1899.