Saving Seed Bantam Corn
Hi all. There's much information online, but I see that most information regarding seed-saving misses the issue of bugs. This is my first year at corn. Not all germinated. I don't think I have enough, but the experience is worth the effort. I have fresh seed for planting at least 200 corn next year. Okay, now that's out of the way....
Golden Bantam Heirloom (Not the improved variety.) Planted a bit late for my spot in Oklahoma. 4-6 stalks per plant and as many as 6 ear growing on a few of them. This is encouraging!
I'm going organic. I definitely have had corn earworm, stink bugs and probably others that I don't recognize. I do have beneficial bugs working hard.
Right now the cobs are not ready.
What do I need to watch for in saving seed?
How do I keep the bugs off the corn ears for seed?
Which corn ears should I be saving?
Can they be dried off the stalk in a safe environment?
Thanks all for any input !!