Burbank's 1920 New Creations in Seeds

A New Creation in Corn — "Sorghum Pop"

1 — Commn Popcorn
2 — Sorghum Pop — Showing giant popped
corn from its small kernals

Our common corn Zea Mays, has shown a wonderful adaptability to various soils and climates and also to the various uses for which it is grown, much more so than any other grass or grain. Next to it in variability are the Sorghums, which include the various Kaffir corns, broom corns, and annual sugar canes. These are two very distinct species, one of which is a native of Africa, the other of America, and there is no record of any new variety having been produced by crossing. Six years ago, after numerous trials, a few kernals were produced on an ear of Stowell’s Evergreen Sweet Corn, from pollen of the white "goose neck" Kaffir Corn. These precious kernals were carefully planted one by one the next season and all but two were Stowell's Evergreen to all intents and purposes, but two ripened weeks earlier and were almost true Kaffir corns with compact, crooked, drooping "heads," containing many scattering hard, round kernels, also bearing "goose neck" drooping ears, somewhat resembling popcorn. The next season all were planted and a new corn, in many respects resembling white rice popcorn, but with more nearly globular kernels, was produced, but the ears were branched or "many fingered" and bore kernels, not only on the outside, but on the inside of the ears, producing an enormous number of kernels to the cluster. As the cobs had to be crushed to obtain the corn, selections were made of short "stubby" ears which bore kernels only on the outside.

We now offer this most unique corn, and you will find it early, quite uniform, and one of the best popping corns. It pops out pure white, sweet, and with a whirlwind of vehemence. This amazing production is of great interest, not only to growers, but also to botanists.

Packet of 100 seeds, 20c; ounce, 30c; pound, $1.50.

LONSDALE, MINN., Dec. 25, 1918.—The "Sorghum Pop" I ordered of you is really a surprise to me as to how it pops. There is absolutely no hard portion of the kernel left when it is popped. Considering its quality, earliness and productiveness, I think most of the older varieties should be discarded. J. P. V.

MEDINA, OHIO, Oct. 21, 1919.—I congratulate you on your new popcorn. See enclosed photograph No. 1 is the ordinary popcorn; No. 2 is yours. Many of the grains were so small they would slip through the ordinary cornpopper. The popped-out grains are from your production. I enclose also a proof of what I expect to come out in November "Gleanings." The picture won't be ready before December 1. If I hadn't seen with my own eyes those little grains make that great, big, beautiful popcorn, I would be inclined to say it was preposterous or impossible. A. I. R.

New Creations 1917