Gleanings in Bee Culture, 47:702 (Nov. 1919)
A. I. Root


After I returned from Florida I got hold of Burbank's 1919 catalog, and I sent for the seed of quite a number of things. The Giant white-seeded sunflower named Manteca I have described elsewhere. A new kind of corn which he calls Sorghum Pop, I am very much pleased with. It is the result of crossing a variety of sorghum with Stowell's Evergreen, and he found after testing that it produces pop corn. The grains are pearly-white, and the ears larger in size than ordinary pop-corn; and the funny thing about it is that a great part of the ears are twins—you might call them Siamese twins; and besides the twins we have quite a number of triplets. It pops beautifully, and I have been greatly enjoying lately putting the pop corn in hot milk instead of the "shredded wheat biscuits" that I have been using for months past. And, by the way, one of those twin ears of pop corn after it has been popped out would bring quite a little money at 5 cents a paper bagful, such bagfuls as you usually buy on the streets of the pop-corn roaster. By the way, it looks to me that this sorghum pop-corn might help largely in reducing the "high cost of living"—that is, if you grow it in your garden and pop it yourself.

There is one more of Burbank's novelties called papago corn. You plant just one kernel in a hill, and that one kernel will send up from three to five stalks (some of them 12 feet high or more): and most of the stalks produce 2 to 4 ears, many of them from ten to twelve inches long; and the corn is a very good sweet corn. The ears, there being so many on a stalk, are not as large around as ordinary field corn, but some of them are almost a foot long. I think it would furnish a tremendous lot of feed to put in a silo, but maybe the number of bushels to the acre might not equal that of ordinary field corn. I do not know. I am so much pleased with the sunflower and the two varieties of corn that I am planning to send a few grains of each to any subscriber to Gleanings who will send me an addressed stamped envelope.

The Papago Corn is probably an improved form of the sweet corn raised by G. F. Freeman and described in the University of Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 75 (May 1, 1915).