Dryland Hopi Corn 2024

Corn from 2023 harvest was stored on the cob at 72°F until Febrary 10th 2024. We have 3 strains of corn from 2023. Hopi Blue, Hopi White, and Hopi Pink, plus some crosses. The Hopi Blue corn color varied from almost black to pale blue depending on the maturity. Corn was sorted into batches based on strain, kernel color variations, cob size/quality, plant color, and kernel maturity to test germination rates. In 2023 Hopi Pink was more productive than Hopi White but kernel colors and plant size and appearance were very similar.

Batch List
2023 Harvest / Hopi Blue Earthtone
2023 Harvest / Hopi Blue Earthtone
2023 Harvest / Hopi Blue Earthtone
Hopi Blue Mature Color
Hopi Blue Mature Color
Hopi Blue / Maturity Affects Color
Hopi Blue Colors
Hopi Blue Colors
Hopi Blue / Color Variation

The left image above shows the grey maroon color variation that sometimes appears in Hopi Blue Corn. Color darkens with age, the image in middle shows a cob with light immature kernels that probably will not germinate. In the Hopi Blue Colors image above/right the middle cob is darker and has a deep maroon shade while the two on the left have a white cob are dark blue.

Yield

As noted 2023 yield was very poor for both Field 1 and Field2 but in total there is about 35lbs of shelled corn which appears to be suitable for planting. Of this about 1/3 is from Field 1 and 2/3 from Field 2 with another 10lbs of immature corn from Field 2. There is also 2lbs of Hopi Pink and 1lb of Hopi White. I have also collected additional Hopi Pink from a seller on Etsy, Hopi White from Native Seeds Search, and other new varieties for testing.

Varieties In Order Of Planting 2024 Fertlizer

In contrast to 2023, fertlizer was applied to all fields and tilled in at recommended levels (120lbs N/acre, 80lbs P2O5/acre, 100lbs K2/acre, plus some micronutrients).

Wikti (Hopi Greasy Head)

Six-hundred Wikti seeds were planted in the area that was fepartially overlapped 2023 Field 1 and commercial. Half were planted by making a deep trench, putting seeds evenly in the bottom of the trench by hand, and covering by dragging a rebar harrow upside down. This requires driving the tractor on the high parts between the trenches overlapping the tire track so 3-4 feet apart. The second half was planted on the high parts using a drill and 2" garden augur 8-10 inches deep in a zig-zag pattern resulting in a double row about 1\' between plants. The probability of freeze is usually past by May 15th but there was an early hot summer like period followed by several nights in May dipped below freezing much later than usual until late May 30th. Our temperatures in spring are typically at least 5°l colder than reported by weather station ½ a mile away at the same elevation on the same "flats" and a prediction of 38°F or colder indicates a possibility of freeze (with observed frost on the squash leaves that took damage). About half of the the corn sprouted and despite a little damage to the outer leaves is growing well.

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