Hi: To get the rate of popped kernels up, try not taking the corn off the ears until its really dry and rubs off very easily. For me in Montana I leave it to dry in the dry basement in front of a sunny window until about November 15. It seems like if I try to shell it off too early it pulls a strand of material out of the kernel and makes a hole that lets out the pressure when its heated. I might be all wrong so try it and see. Its hard to resist shelling it out too early because its so fun. Also try to get it planted early in the season and in the fall leave it on the stalks until they are brown and dry so you get the full growing cycle of the plant finished before picking the corn. Good Luck
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