After you have decided on the best variety (or varieties), begin improving that variety by a selection process. There are several ways to improve varieties. The simplest is called mass selection. You just walk through the field (or hunt through the corn crib) and pick out the best looking plants or ears (don’t use cobs […]
All you need to know about choosing the best corn seeds for high quality, productive yields.
Seed should be chosen that contains desirable nutrient characteristics if you are growing grain or silage to feed animals. Among the hybrid varieties, there is a wide difference in protein quality and quantity. Most corn varieties are low in three essential amino acids, lysine, methionine, and tryptophan, so new hybrid varieties, generally called high-lysine corn, […]
The first commercial GM (genetically modified) corn varieties, usually known as Bt corn, were released by a few companies in the mid-1990s, but soon one company, Monsanto, became the industry leader with its Roundup Ready corn.
For the last several years, the possibility of using corn to produce a vehicle fuel — ethanol — has generated much excitement among politicians and the agribusiness industry. Can growing our own fuel really free the U.S. from importing so much foreign oil?