Not true. Hybrid corn is not sterile? I feed lots of corn to cattle
that is all hybred corn and I can assure you that nearly all that gets
spilled on the ground sprouts and grows. When I have feed bunks set
out in the winter time on ground where I grow corn in the summer, the
volenteer corn is a real problem.
I have also planted corn right out of the bin when I ran out of seed
corn to finish up my silage corn acres. Got a real good stand of corn
from the bin corn. What you get is no longer the hybred but it does
in fact grow quite well.
--- In email@example.com, "Harry" <gnikomson2000@y...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "knikk9" <blueraven@a...>
> > No they put in between the sacks and under leaves or wood chips to
> > keep it warm and sprinkled water on it to keep it moist.
> > --- In email@example.com, "Cary Rhodes"
> > wrote:
> > > I haven't had any good results from trying to sprout corn for
> > >
> > > I know the old timers used to put corn in a burlap bag and put
> it in a
> > > creek for several days.
> > >
> > > something about the flowing water.
> > >
> > > Then take it out and spread on screen wire for sprouting.
> > >
> > > I haven't tried this method though.
> > > cary r
> Most of the problem is the type of corn you are trying to sprout.
> The majority of grains (corn or otherwise) grown today are hybrid,
> which produces seed that is mostly sterile. Here's a couple of
> excerpts that may interest you...
> About 95 percent of our corn acreage now is planted to hybrid corn.
> We produce at least 20 percent more corn on 25 percent fewer acres
> than in 1930, when seed of hybrid corn became available in quantity
> to American farmers.
> (source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/timeline/corn.htm)
> There are two sorts of seed available, open pollinated and hybrid.
> Hybrid seed is created by cross pollinating two or more varieties to
> create a more vigorous plant. These plants are, more often than not,
> sterile, which means that seed cannot be saved from them. Sometimes
> the seed is viable, but very weak. Hybrid seed itself is weaker than
> open pollinated, illustrated by its poorer germination rate.
> (source: http://tinyurl.com/clfpp)
> ...The moral of the story is simple: if you want to sprout grains,
> buy certified seed-grain from the seed merchants. Expensive, but
> guaranteed to sprout, and you only need enough sprouted seed grain
> to convert the rest of the hybrid grain, usually about 20 - 25% of
> total weight.
> regards Harry