Reid's Yellow Dent Corn


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Reid's Yellow Dent Corn is one of the most popular open-pollinated corns grown in the country, with excellent dual-purpose use as silage or grain corn. Developed by Robert Reid in 1847 when he crossed a yellow dent variety with a Native American flint variety, it was later improved by his son James Reid in the 1870s. Ears are deep yellow with slight red tinge, with deeply set narrow kernels, and 9 inches long with 16-22 tight kernel rows on 10-foot tall hearty plants. This trusty variety is widely adaptable to many climates and makes very good grazing corn and silage. Reid's Yellow Dent is highly nutritious and attractive to attract horses, chickens, turkey, deer, songbirds, squirrels, rabbits, and even black bears. Stockpiles well in towers and bunkers for winter stockpiling. Can be planted throughout the summer. 

Also Known As: Yellow Flint Corn, Dent Corn, Ornamental Corn, Calico Corn, Cattle Corn, SIlage Corn, Animal Feed Corn, Grinding Corn, Cornmeal Corn, Open-Pollinated Corn, Native American Corn, Flint Corn, Indian Corn, Pole Corn, Maize, Maise, Calico Corn, Ornamental Corn, Decorative Corn.

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Plant Name:
Corn, Reid's Yellow Dent
Latin Name:
Zea mays
Days to Germinate: 10-14
Days to Harvest: 100
Germination Rate: 85%
Test Date: 12/23
Growth Habit: Upright
USDA Zones: 4-9
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024
*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation and Fertilizing:

Corn will grow best in areas with plenty of sunlight and prefers well-drained soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.0. To prepare the soil, clear the area of rocks, trash, and large sticks. Small pieces of grass and leaves can be mixed into the soil to make it richer. Spade the soil 8-10 inches deep and completely cover plant material.  Rake the soil until it is smooth.


Plant 1-2 ounces of seed for every 100 feet of row when temperature is no colder than 55F and rising. Plant corn seeds 1-2 inches deep and 6-12 inches apart. Space rows 2 1/2 - 3 feet apart. Can be planted throughout the summer for a steady harvest. Broadcast 30-50 lbs per acre or drill 20-40 lbs per acre.
Planting Depth: 1-2 inches
Within-Row Spacing:
6-12 inches
Between-Row Spacing:
2 1/2 - 3 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water corn as needed to keep it from wilting. When kernels are forming, try not to let the corn suffer from lack of water.
Weeding and Fertilizing: Hoe the weeds off just below the soil's' surface. Try not to work the soil more than 1 inch deep to prevent injuring root systems.

Insecticides: Late planted grazing corn comes up so competitively that insecticides may be  unnecessary.

Diseases: If a few of your corn plants are stunted, they may have a viral disease and should be removed to keep the virus from spreading.


The optimum time to graze is at tassel for grass-fed operations or at 50% milk line for a mix of forage and grain. May provide roughly 13-18 tons per acre of forage. May store for silage or grind for corn meal for consumption.