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And the sweet corn season is in full swing. You won't find any better than that grown here in the heartland.
We enjoy it almost daily.
The famed Mendota Sweet Corn Festival, complete with Festival Queen, a carnival for the kids, and other
entertainment, serves about 50 tons of corn annually. The Del Monte canning plant there processes many
times that amount, but I can't find a figure.
Photos: Google: mendota festival photos
Well, Jim, I assume none of that sweet corn is used for Ethanol, a boondoggle of the first order (although if you are a native Midwesterner I might expect an argument on that score).
Don't farmers use a different corn variety for ethanol?
I won't argue that point. Farmers here enjoyed a boost in corn prices, but they pay it back out now for
increased fertilizer, land rent, and other input costs. The gain is essentially zero. The environmental
gain is also zilch.
And Brazil is making a similar mistake by destroying rain forest to make room for more sugar cane
planting to make ethanol.
Sweet corn was developed to produce a higher sugar content to taste good. Any that is not used
in time will be harvested as ordinary field corn.
I'm more concerned about the GMO crops. It's already established that animals fed with GMO feed
are not as healthy. Hogs have smaller litters, etc. Are humans immune? I don't think so. But we're
eating it now.
|James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok||#851353|
was born S.E. of Mendota. There is a statue of him in town.
|Good headline / good article, Jim46||#851356|
von Proteus-, 2016-08-12, 22:50 Spam? 91.115.209....
Farmers report better animal health with non-GMO feed
Europe has wisely banned most of Monsanto's "seeds of evil."
I hope we get it stopped here too. We buy everything possible that is organic, but we can't
avoid it completely.
I don't believe that any particular variety of corn is grown for the purpose of making alcohol.
Corn is monecious. Each plant (stalk) has both male and female parts. The tassel that grows on top produces the male pollen. The female silk appears about midway up the stalk, where the ear will grow
when pollination occurs. You have seen the yellow, hairlike silk upon peeling the husks off sweet corn.
To create a hybrid (cross), typically eight rows of one variety is planted, then four rows of a second variety.
This pattern repeats across the field. When pollination time nears, the tassels are removed from the eight rows so it cannot pollinate itself. It will be pollinated by the other variety in the four rows.
A detasseling crew typically consists of eight teenagers, each pulling the tassels in one row. A ninth
person, the crew boss, makes sure that work is performed satisfactorily. The rows may be a half-mile
or even a mile long from one end of the field to the other. I did this work for three summers as a teen.
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