Technical World Magazine 13: 98 (1910)

COBLESS CORN


COBLESS CORN

Development of cereal with view to protection from weevils, but probably only a return to original type. Experiments are now being carried on to test its efficiency.

AMONG the many interesting novelties that have been developed in recent years, is the much talked of "Cobless Corn." The original ear was found in a field of corn grown by Mr. Taylor Gerlaugh, Sidell, Ill., and from white seed corn, purchased in Indiana. From it was produced a number of fine ears, true to type, of very large size, and thoroughly developed. The kernels of the ears are each enclosed in an individual husk, which is attached to a thin shell. This shell encloses the pith, corresponding to the pith of the cob, the same as in ordinary corn, and the entire weight of shell and pith is only about three per cent of the weight of the entire ear.

The probability is that this corn is a partial reversion to the type of the primitive corn of the Indians, only in a more highly developed state. The corn centuries ago was very inferior to the corn of today as regards quality, size and yield, and these ears shown in the accompanying photo are fair specimens of what the older type of grain was like.

The most interesting feature, however, is the fact that the husk completely protects the kernel, and following this idea, an experiment has been started to test its weevil resisting efficiency.