Truckers corn is a variety of field corn that is known for its high yield and ability to withstand long-distance transportation. The name “Truckers” comes from the fact that this variety of corn is well suited for being transported long distances by truck to be used as feed for livestock or to be processed into other products.
Truckers corn is typically planted in the late spring or early summer and takes around 100-120 days to reach maturity. It is a tall plant, usually growing between 6-8 feet tall and having large ears. It is a hybrid variety of corn, which means that it is the result of breeding two different varieties of corn to create a new one, specifically to improve yield and ability to withstand long-distance transportation.
To grow Truckers corn, you will need to start by preparing your soil. Corn prefers well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. The seeds should be planted in a sunny location, in rows about 2-3 inches deep, about 8-12 inches apart. Water the seeds regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
Once the plants are established, they don’t require much care. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, such as corn borers, earworms, and fungal leaf spot, which can damage your plants and reduce yields.
When the ears are fully mature, usually around 100-120 days, you can harvest them and use them as feed for livestock or to be processed into other products.