This has been discussed here but I'm really baffled now. Last year we planted one corn patch in an established garden that has been heavily augmented with compost for 50+ years. We plant silver queen btw. Last years corn grew almost 12 feet high. We got 1 ear from each plant for the most part and 2 ears from some. Several people here mentioned that they got 3 or 4 ears per plant.
This year I plowed another plot that hasn't been gardened ever. So I planted 1500 sf of corn in the old garden and 1000 sf in the new plot. I'm getting 1 ear on most plants and 2 on some...again,,,in both plots. The old plot is still growing extremely tall healthy corn and the new plot is growing shorter healthy corn...with one ear on most and 2 on a few.
This is driving me nuts. How do I up my yield on each plant? I want 3 or 4 ears like other people told me they get. Were they yanking me? What am I doing or not doing? I prepped both plots the same way. I composted heavily at the end of last season. I planted annual rye for the winter. I tilled in March and with compost and well composted manure. I planted and covered all with 2 inches of compost. When the corn gets about 18 inches tall, I rake and hoe about 4 inches of dirt and compost up against the plants mainly to protect it from winds. I use an organic nitrogen and a Harmony fertilizer. The Harmony is dried chicken manure judging from the smell. I apply the nitrogen,
wait 3 weeks and apply the Harmony. I wait 3 weeks and repeat alternating the two.
Healthy plants and extremely tasty corn aren't an issue. I just want to up my yield. What else should I do or not do