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How to make hybrid seed corn

hybrid corn apparatusWhen I was a youngster the first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a garbage man. Why? Because I thought it was very cool to hang off the back of the truck while it was still moving down the road.

I never did get to realize that dream, but the corn hybrid crew in the picture to the right seems like an even better gig.

They positioned young men on these machines and drove down rows of corn. The goal was to de-tassel a row to allow the pollen from the other row to spread by wind to form a hybrid seed corn.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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