The Lancaster Farmer. (1880) XII p. 3
PROF. BLOUNT'S WHITE PROLIFIC CORN
In a late farm journal the announcement was made that Prof. Blount's white prolific corn should properly be named Blount's folly. If such a notice had met my eye before I invested fifty cents for a quarter of a pound of said seed I probably would have left it alone. But I have a turn for experimenting with new varieties of seed, and where the "folly" comes in in this experiment I am unable to see. In order that the corn might be as much as possible out of the reach of pollen of other varieties I was under the necessity of taking a patch that was poor and otherwise unsuited for a corn crop. The manure given the patch was from 600 to 800 pounds of Acid South Carolina Rock to the acre, and a handful of hen manure to each stalk at hoeing time. The ground was marked out three feet apart about the middle of May, and the seed dropped simply about two feet apart. Owing to the rough condition of the ground nearly one third of the seed failed to grow, and after replanting there was still about one sixth of a failure.
The cultivation was thorough — deep enough to satisfy the most radical root pruner.
Size of plot one-twelfth acre; yield thirteen bushels of ears which shelled 32 pounds to the bushel, making at the rate of over eighty five bushels per acre. If the set had been full the yield would have been nearly one hundred bushels per acre. Many of the plants had from 2 to 5 and even more ears, equivalent to ears from 20 to 40 inches long. There is nothing extraordinary in the yield. One hundred bushels of corn have often been grown on an acre, and should much oftener be grown. But in this case, taking into consideration the quality of the land, fifty bushels of our common varieties of corn would have been an extra crop.
In very rich soil this corn will have a tendency to make immense stalks, and in this probably the farm journal's "folly" lays.
But, surely, the intelligent cultivator knows that this exuberant plant growth can by proper cultivation be checked, or I should rather say changed into a seed forming power. If it should ever be practicable to double our present yield of corn per acre, the result will be attained by Blount's prolific, or by an improvement on it.
A good set, with 30 inches of corn to each stalk will make a yield of over 150 bushels per acre. Who will be the first to accomplish it?