- 1847: Robert Reid, by accident, created Reid’s Yellow Dent.
- The western corn rootworm was first collected in 1867 while surveying for a railroad extension from Kansas to Fort Craig.
- From 1865 to 1935, average corn yield in the United States was essentially unchanged.
- Corn cob pipes were first manufactured in the United States in 1869.
- By 1878, Iowa led the US in corn production, followed by Illinois and Missouri.
- In the late 19th century, pellagra reached epidemic proportions in parts of the southern US.
- Dr. W.J. Beal conducted experiments with corn hybrids at Michigan State in 1878. He called his hybrid mule corn since the corn was the result of a cross, just as are mules.
- In 1892, the Corn Palace was built in Mitchell, South Dakota, with corn murals as a way to prove to the world that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate.
- James Reid, son of Robert Reid, won a blue ribbon with his Yellow Dent at the Illinois state fair in 1891 and then a gold medal at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
- 1893: George Morrow proposed new corn production methods, which were similar to those used today.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Chart of the Day: Corn Products
From Brian C. Colwell: