john a cox

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milford, michigan
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I'm going to grow some dent corn this year in Iowa. For eating fresh during the milk stage and saving for winter poultry feed. Good chance of GMO contamination if I grew any normal open pollinated corn. But I found this variety from Sandhill Preservation:
Rebellion (Cycle 0): 115 days. This is a new Open Pollinated variety synthesized by crossing together classic inbreds and some Open Pollinated lines from the central corn belt and beyond. Its heritage includes lines descended from Reid's Yellow Dent, Lancaster, Minnesota 13, Pride of Saline, Cateto, flints from Argentina, Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic, Iodent, and more. It carries the Ga1s allele from popcorn and should be more resistant to outcrossing with other dent corn, but will readily cross with popcorn and will pollinate any corn. It should not be planted near any popcorn fields. The development of this variety was carried out by Frank Kutka with support from the Organic Farmig Research Foundation and the assistance of university corn breeders. Management of this trait will be very important for seed savers and everyone is invited to learn more about the trait via this video Breeding "Organic Ready" Corn with Gametophytic Incompatability on YouTube. Frank sent us this variety to help perpetuate it this year. I must say I was completely impressed with its vigor, yield and standability. I planted it on June 4, it tasseled from August 1 to 3, and was ready to harvest by late September. Every stalk had 2 full sized ears, one stalk even had 6 ears, 3 good and 3 half sized. This is a perfect corn for the person wanting good yields and performance of a modern development. Plants averaged 8 to 9 feet tall. Deep red cob with rich golden kernels. To help further Frank's important work, we will be sending a portion of the sales back to Frank to support his projects. 2 oz. Pkt. $3.00; 1 lb. $20.00; 5 lbs. $75.00 Certified Organic Seed

I have a pound I'll be planting this year.
4 years ago

Mary Lou McFarland wrote:A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) my girls would watch a show called Reading Rainbow. anybody remember that? Anyway, they featured one book that always stuck with me. It was called "Oxcart Man" Basically, it was about a farmer. During the year he grew his crops, Any male calf his cow had became a teamster ox and the farmer also built an oxcart. In the fall when the crops were harvested, the farmer loaded up his harvest into the oxcart he built. Hooked up the team of oxen and went into town. He sold the team of oxen. he sold the harvest. He sold the oxcart. Then he took his years earnings and walked home.

That's a nice story, but unless the farmer didn't have much product or maybe it was a nice gentle downslope to town, a team of 8 or 10 month old calves can't pull a whole lot. Maybe he brought the ones that were a year-and-a-half old? Still, one cart isn't very much stuff. Traditionally, a steer is not an ox until he's 4 yrs old, when he can pull a plow and pretty much any normal load. Before that they need more rest and lighter loads.

john at tillers
scotts, mich
6 years ago
I have a lot of Oriental Bittersweet growing around my yard and nearby woods. Maybe it could be useful though:
Medicine and other products: Oriental bittersweet is an Asian folk medicine used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and bacterial infections. Medical and pharmacological studies show that Oriental bittersweet derivatives have antitumor, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and insecticidal properties [66,67,108]. One Oriental bittersweet derivative shows ability to reverse multidrug resistance of cancer cells to cancer-treatment drugs [75,76]." Info from a forest service website.
6 years ago