CULTURE: Grow like sweet corn, planting early to ensure maturity of kernels for a good, dry ripeness. HARVEST: Normally dry corn is left out for several frosts, but the ears may be picked after the husks begin drying. Bring husked ears under cover to complete drying. Popcorn should be harvested when kernels are fully mature (hard and glossy) or they won't pop well. After husking, spread out the ears in a dry, airy place and allow to "cure" for several weeks. The ideal moisture content for popcorn is 13-14.5%. Periodic test-popping will tell you when the kernels are dry enough to store, either on the cob or shelled. DAYS TO MATURITY: Maturity was recorded here at our farm. (Lat. 44.5°N). Corn will generally mature earlier farther south, later farther north, all environmental conditions being equal. AVG. SEEDING RATE: Popcorn: 3/4 lb./1,800', 1 lb./2,400 ft., 6 lb. (or 28,800 seeds)/acre at 2 seeds/ft. in rows 36" apart. Ornamental, Flour and Cornmeal: 3/4 lb./600', 1 lb./800 ft., 18.25 lb. (or 29,200 seeds)/acre at 2 seeds/ft. in rows 36" apart. SEED SPECS: See individual varieties. PACKET: 100 seeds sows 50'.