American Breeders Association 7: 49-50 (1911)

Scientific Corn Breeding
H. J. Sconce
Sudell, Illinois

A most interesting experiment has been with a new variety of corn which an enterprising newspaper reporter named the “Cobless Corn,” which name seems to cling to it through all its evolutions. This variety started from a mutation found in a field of Johnson County White corn several years ago, and under scientific breeding and isolation had developed an ear as long as 14 inches, with twenty rows of kernels, having a cob so small that its weight is only 3 per cent of that of the entire ear. Each kernel is enclosed in a husk of its own. Professor Mumford of the University of Illinois recommends this corn very highly as a variety adapted for feeding purposes, on account of the small amount of cob, and because the roughage is along with the grain. This variety is now being crossed with a standard white variety, the object being the reduction of the size of the cob in the large white corn and the elimination of the husk on the kernel of the other, and I have been rewarded with a considerable measure of success. The “Cobless Corn” shows a great tendency to mutate, and in following some of its variations has developed stalks of corn having no ear at all, all the grain being found in the tassel at the top of the stalk. Some of these tassels when gathered weigh as much as 2 pounds, having round kernels of corn hanging in festoons from the spikes of the tassel.

More Cobless Corn (1910)

Breeding with Cobless Corn (1912)

Cobless Corn (1918)