Kind of as a test, I planted 62 Bloody Butcher corn seed in 3 inch pots to germinate in my unheated greenhouse. I have never pre- started corn, but have transplanted corn sown in the garden.
The reason I did this is because I only want what comes up, and no extras, and no gaps in the planting. When it gets 1 to 2 inches tall I will plant it in three rows, hopefully 20 plants long or 18 or whatever comes up divided by 3.
All of my other corn I will direct sow in the garden, when it dries out enough to work again.
Anyone pre-start corn, and does it do well for you?