2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #82
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Short Season Open-Pollinated Corn
"Most open-pollinated corn is grown in southern areas with longer growing seasons. Beneficial varieties for growers with a short season have not been widely available. We're changing that with faster finishing, OP corn varieties that will let growers that have a short season to profit from open-pollinated corn," says Vaughn Emo, Avoca, N.Y. of Green Haven Open-Pollinated Seed Group.
Green Haven Open-Pollinated Seed Group is a nationwide organization of seedsmen based in western N.Y. They are focusing on improving OP varieties for silage, grain and wildlife plots. Many varieties are available certified organic.
Open-pollinated corn is said to be higher in protein and sugar than regular hybrids, giving livestock farmers higher feed value. Of course, the biggest advantage is that farmers can select their own seed from this year's crop to plant next year. A free brochure is available.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Green Haven Open-Pollinated Seed Group, 8225 Wessels Rd, Avoca, N.Y. 14809 (ph 607 566-9253; email: opcorn@peoplepc.com; www.openpollinated.com).

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2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10