Maize, also known as corn, is a cereal grain from the Poaceae family. It was domesticated in southern Mexico approximately 10,000 years ago and has spread over the rest of the world in the last 500 years due to its ability to grow under various climatic conditions. Maize counts as a staple crop and plays an important role as food, feed, and fuel.
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Thin your plants when they are approximately 8 to 10 cm tall, so they are 20 to 30 cm apart. Take care to not damage the roots when weeding. Make sure the soil is well drained and able to keep a consistent level of moisture. In dry conditions it is necessary to water the plants to ensure the shallow roots are kept moist.
Zea mays grows best on well drained and fertile loamy or alluvial soils. However, it is possible to grow maize on a wide variety of soils ranging from sand to clay. The crop is tolerant to soil acidity, neutralizing soil acidity through liming can increase yields.
One reason why maize is grown all over the world is its ability to grow in a wide range of agro-climatic conditions. However, moderate temperatures and rainfall are most favorable for the crop.