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Mosby Prolific White Dent Corn

Mosby Prolific White Dent Corn

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Mosby Prolific
White Dent Corn

100 days — 'Mosby Prolific', also found incorrectly marketed as "Moseby" Prolific, is one of the old "prolific" dent corn varieties. Its stalks are sturdy and large, often growing ten to twelve feet in height, and generally bear two ears per stalk, but can develop up to four. The ears are eight to nine inches long and about six inches in circumference with kernels and cobs that are white in color.
Developed and originally introduced by J. K. Mosby of Lockhart, Lauderdale County, Mississippi in 1876,[1] by the early 1900s, most of the major Southern seed houses, as well as newspapers full of farmer's advertisements, were selling the seed. Although now fairly rare, 'Mosby Prolific' was once extensively grown for feed and silage; particularly in the South and Gulf States. Each ounce is approximately 110 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Soil must be at least 65ºF to germinate. Be patient and do not plant too early or you will waste a lot of seed! Plant in full sun and keep it watered. Corn is a wind-pollinated plant. Plant in blocks several rows wide to ensure full ears.

Sow seeds about 1½ to 2½ inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 6 to 12 inches apart. Informational References:
  1. "Lessons for Members of the Boys and Girls Corn Club," Louisiana Extension Service, Circular Number 43, January, 1921.
  2. "Varieties of Corn," by E. Lewis Sturtevant, M.D., USDA Bulletin 57, Washington, D.C., 1899.
  3. "Descriptive Catalogue of High Grade Seeds," Otto Schwill & Co., Memphis, Tennessee, 1900.

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