Best Practices in Sweet Corn Cultivation

Sweet corn cultivation in India can be challenging due to the country's diverse climate and soil conditions. Here are a few best practices for cultivating sweet corn in India:

  1. Site selection: In India, sweet corn grows best in well-drained soils, with a pH between 6 and 6.8. It is a warm-season crop, and it requires full sun exposure, it can be grown in regions with temperatures ranging between 20-30 degree Celsius.
  2. Crop rotation: It is important to rotate sweet corn with other crops, such as wheat or sorghum, to avoid disease and pest buildup in the soil.
  3. Planting: In India, sweet corn is planted in late February to April, when the soil is warm and the temperature is favorable. It is generally recommended to use seedlings or seed treatments to protect them from seed-borne diseases.
  4. Watering: Sweet corn requires consistent moisture to prevent stress on the plant and to avoid hard kernels, it is important to provide sufficient water throughout the growing season.
  5. Fertilizing: Sweet corn is a heavy feeder, and it benefits from regular applications of fertilizer. It is usually recommended to side-dress with nitrogen-rich fertilizer when the plants are knee-high and again when the tassels appear.
  6. Pest and Disease Management: Common pests and diseases of sweet corn in India include corn earworm, fall armyworm, and corn borer. It is important to monitor for these pests and use control methods such as crop rotation

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