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Last seasou au effort was maae 10 mia f the earliest field corn ou the farm f EdÏor Carmen of The Rural New vnrker The varieties tried were WaÏÏoo Extra Early, Whitecap Karly UentJooWaite' Early Butler, Smoked mmt White'sMammoth, Iowa Beauty, .1 fromPhiladelphia; Bristol 100 Day, from Philadelphia, aud the Conqueror, from Mümeapolis. All exoept the Con"erorwere planted in dnlls on May 17 four feet apart aud about a foot apart n the drills, the soil beiug au ished clay loam. At the rate of 1,000 ponnds to the acre of potato fertilizer -was broadcasted before the last harrowing- The first nam cd began to glaze on Vug. 27. Bristol 100 Day began to glaze on Aug. 28. Whitecap Early Dent ■was a few days later. Joe Waite was ripe on Ang. 30. Early Butler was no enrlier to mature thaii the preceding. Wfaite's Mammoth begau to glaze ou Aug. 30. Iowa Beauty developed two objections. It is late, and the ears are borne so high that the plants would lodge during ordinary storms. Smoked Fuut proved different from any corn heretofore grown by Mr. Carmen. The main stem is slender, growiug from six to seven feet. But there are six or more shorter leafy stalks growing only two feet high - all from one seed, forming a sort of dwarf bush, with a taller central stem. There are from two to three ears to every plant, aud these are borne near the soil or in the bush portion of the plant. The ears are long - 12 inches or over - about eight to ten rows, which are often more or less separated. The kernels are of medium size. broad, but not deep, of a yellowish color and 58 to 60 to a row. The cob is too small and long to be shelled without breaking. It is the earliestof aay to mature, being fully ripe on Ang. 23, or 106 days. It strikes Mr. Carmen that this Smoked Flint ought to be a most valuable variety for ensiage. Tho Conqueror is another variety which Mr. Carmen suggests be given a trial in a small way. The claim is made that it is "earlier than Pride of the JJorth and a muoh larger yielder; gives doublé the fodder; has outyielded Leaming; early as Minnesota King; ear ninoh larger, averaging nine to ten inches long and having from eight to fourteen rows. " In the test under consideration it began to glaze 106 days froin the time of planting. A similar trial was made oh the saine Krounds many ycars ago, resulting in favor of the two namod variety, Pride of the North, so introduced by Hirarn Sibley, and Queen of the Prairie, so introduced by B. K. Bliss & Sons. This variety of YellowDeut hassince bobbed up under many other ñames as a novel - ty, "the earliest dent ever introdnced, and for the earliest the most prolific. " But the authority quoted has not found That they were material improvements upon the old Queen of the Prairie.


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