Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Moore, R. A.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 14: how to get good seed corn PDF (993.6 KB)
How To Get Good Seed Corn By R. A. Moore It pays to spend a little extra time and even money in selecting and curing seed corn. An increase of but one bushel per acre in the annual yield of corn throughout Wiscon- Why Use Good Seed Corn. sin would mean a total increased yield of over one million bushels. A little atten- tion paid to the selection and curing of seed corn will greatly increase the yield and produce a better and more profitable crop. By adopting improved methods of seed production many Wisconsin farmers have increased their yields several bushels per acre. To get good seed:- 1. Allow the seed ears to mature well on the stalk. 2. Select the ears from promising stalks that are leafy, of medium size and which carry one good ear attached about three How To Get Good Seed. feet from ground. 3. Select only well formed ears with plump deep kernels and good tips and butts. 4. Avoid ears with long or short shanks or those attached to poorly formed stalks. By selecting the earliest maturing ears and picking them as soon as the husks begin to turn yellow, which is a common practice, earliness is secured, but at the expense of vitality. A slight frost will not in- jure corn if it is well matured. In fact, it is far better to run the risk of a frost than to pick the ears too early. The latter part of the growing season greatly improves the vitality of the corn. Go into the field after the husks on the ears have turned quite yellow amaI then select the well formed ears. It is well to follow the rows inu secting seed corn, otherwise a large number of good ears will FIGURE 1. SOME OF NEXT YEAR'S PROMISES. Uniformity and other desirable characteristics of this seed have been secured only by continued careful selection, curing and testing.
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