Down On The Farm

May 4, 2020

Corn is American's #1 Crop!

 

American Indians grew corn in many parts of North America long before the first arrival of European explorers and traders.  It was called mahiz by the Native Americans.  In fact, Columbus took corn back to Europe and introduced it to the rest of the world!  Now corn is produced on every continent of the world except Antarctica. 

 

Native American Indians taught the colonists to grow many varieties of the corn including yellow, red, blue, pink and black kernels.  As time when on, the settlers who came to America began to depend on corn as one of their most important crops. 

 

American farmers have always wanted to grow strong healthy corn plants that yield as much as possible.  In the late 1800s, scientists worked on the development of hybrid corn.  This research led to better varieties of corn and higher yields.  The number of farmers that used hybrid corn continued to increase through out the years...

 

Read more about Corn in today's Down On The Farm!

 

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