[Market-farming] interesting new OP corn breeding project

KAKerby at aol.com KAKerby at aol.com
Wed Jan 18 21:24:55 EST 2012

I'm sending this to multiple lists because I know a whole lot of folks will 
 be interested.  The most recent issue of Small Farmer's Journal has a 
short  article on page 27, titled "The Road To Better Corn is "Open".  It  
describes a relatively new project by some farmers and plant breeders, to  
refocus on breeding specific OP corn lines for higher yields, better disease  
resistance, etc, particularly dent corn.  The project is called The  Seedtime 
Co-Operative.  The short article describes how hybrid corn really  has stolen 
the spotlight for most plant breeding efforts over the last 70 years  (!).  
But so much more is known now about corn genetics, that OP strains  with 
strong production characteristics are definitely within reach.  What  the 
project needs right now is farmer participation, particularly those farmers  who 
already have OP lines of corn that produce well under each  farmer's 
localized conditions.  Those lines will be tested and their  genotypes used as 
starting points for future breeding work.  
The group currently has members in Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky, but  
they are looking for more participation.  
I searched for a website for these folks but couldn't find one.   However, 
a free monthly paper newsletter is available by request.  To  request the 
newsletter and/or for more information, write to:
Luke Eby
170 Blue Heron Drive
Delano, TN 37325-7723

Here's hoping perhaps the tide can yet be turned on GMO corn.  I  found 
myself cautiously optimistic after reading the article......
Kathryn Kerby
Snohomish, WA
Ruminations - essays on the farming life at  frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html
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