Well, if you find a good one, here's a corn hand sheller: http://sustainableseedco.com/corn-hand-sheller.htmlI agree. I just don't know what kind of cobs I'll be getting from my planting. I suspect that field corn in general produces denser cobs than sweet corn. The ears that Larry sent me are being allowed to dry through the winter, but they look denser than others I've grown.
Amateur Cigar roller, Tobacco enthusiast.
I'm growing Hickory Cane this year too. I had the same thought you did - the cobs might be useful and we can make the corn into whiskey perhaps.In my pioneering spirit, I'll be planting 4 varieties of huge corn this season: Boone County [KY] from BigBonner, Hickory Cane, Virginia White Gourdseed and Tennessee Red Cob. These varieties reach 15' or so. The several dried ears of Boone County corn that Larry sent me have truly massive cobs.
Maybe the folks at MM have a better variety.
MM's corn has been selectively bred by Mizzou for decades to achieve that particular profile. I hunted for all this online about a year ago and the upshot was that it's all proprietary and so forth. Hickory Cane is probably your best bet.
Problem solved for some folks maybe depending on your needs, wants, wishes, desires.
Maybe I shouldn't post while under the influence of cold medicine.
Missouri Meerschaum Corn from rareseeds.com
Boone County (Kentucky) Corn from BigBonner
Very interesting subject, I will wait for your results !!