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Silver King White Dent Corn

Silver King White Dent Corn

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Silver King
(aka Wisconsin No. 7)
White Dent Corn

100 days — 'Silver King' dent corn, also known as 'Wisconsin No. 7', is an old dent-type, commercial heirloom roasting corn variety dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. It is not to be confused with the newer, hybrid sweet corn variety that is being sold under the same name. The ears grow eight to nine inches long and have sixteen rows of white kernels. This variety is also used for grits, meal and feed.

'Silver King' was developed by Funk Brothers Seed Company of Bloomington, Illinois as a selection, and subsequent stabilization of, 'Silvermine' and introduced in 1903.[2] In 1904, Professor Moore of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station obtained a sample, described the variety as, "... a white dent corn with medium sized ears. The kernels are medium deep and have a rather rough dent. The stalks reach a good height and are very leafy hence the excellence of this variety for silage purposes," and released it into Wisconsin, presumably as 'Wisconsin No. 7'.[1] Each ounce is approximately 70 seeds.
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Informational References:
  1. "Corn in Montana History, Characteristics, Adaptation" - Bulletin 7, Montana A. E. S., Alfred Atkinson & Milburn Lincoln Wilson, 1915.
  2. "Funk Bros. Seed Co. 1903," Funk Brothers Seed Company, Bloomington, Illinois, 1903.
  3. "Corn: Growing, Judging, Breeding, Feeding, Marketing," M. L. Bowman and B. W. Crossley, Waterloo, Iowa, 1908.