Western Garden and Poultry Journal 5(2): 29-30 (Feb. 1893)
IOWA GOLD MINE CORN
We present in this issue a photographic illustration of the above corn, which well shows the leading characteristics of this variety. The depth of grain and small cob are particularly noticeable. The one thing that cannot be shown in black and white print is the beautiful golden color of the grain. It is undoubtedly the handsomest corn in existence. The Gold Mine has been bred for 6 years with the express intention of producing the ideal farmers' corn which should go to market in the carcass of an animal. The proportion of shelled corn to the ear is greater in the Gold Mine than in any other variety, and that is the true standard of value in corn for the feeder. Actual tests show 64 pounds of shelled corn to 70 pounds of ears, leaving only 6 pounds of cobs in a bushel. Do our readers realize that this means a gain of 14 bushels on every 100 over the ordinary varieties, or to bring it down to a smaller comparison, that 10 ears of Gold Mine equal in feeding value 11 1/2 ears of ordinary corn of the same weight? This point is equally good if the corn is hauled to market shelled and the actual difference in value between the ear corn and the shelled corn is 5 cents per bushel, based on a 30-cent market. Earliness is a main feature of the Gold Mine, as it is intended to grow and mature in any part of the great corn belt, and is grown with entire success as far north as the southern Minnesota line.
If our readers will write to the Iowa Seed Co., of Des Moines, Iowa, they will send them a sample of the corn and an illustrated descriptive catalogue free of charge, and each one can then judge for themselves as to its real value.
Everyone who has tried it is enthusiastic in the praise of this splendid new variety which we introduced last year.
Iowa is not called a gold mining state, but in this grand new variety the farmers of this country will find a veritable mine of wealth. It has everywhere received the most cordial endorsement as the best and most profitable variety ever grown. This variety originated as follows: Five years ago a special premium offered brought sample ears of corn from several hundred farmers and seed growers, and from these we chose the one which was the most decidedly the best, and have been selecting and improving it until it is about as near perfection as corn can be made. It is early, ripening only a few days later than the Pride of the North: ears are of good size and symmetrical; color a bright golden yellow, as handsome as a $20.00 gold coin just from the mint; grain is very deep, cob small, and therefore dries out very quickly as soon as ripe. Seventy pounds of ear corn makes fifty-nine or sixty pounds of shelled corn, and in hauling to market it weighs out five bushels more to the wagon load than common varieties in the same size wagon. We can most confidently recommend it as the acme of perfection, and stake our reputation on its pleasing everyone who tries it. It will grade No. 1 in any market. It will pay you to change your seed, and don't fail to at least see a sample of IOWA GOLD MINE before buying elsewhere. Per pk. 75c; bu., $2.25; bag of 2 bu. or more, @ $2.00. Sample Free.
Iowa Seed Company, Des Moines, Ia