In July’s issue and at FarmProgress.com, we shared “Genetic discovery could boost yields 50%.” It was about a new genetic pathway discovered at New York’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory that could boost yields of corn and other staple crops by as much as 50%. In brief, “genetic tinkering” of gene alleles gives rise to more stem cells and substantially larger ears.
It seems that nature can do that genetic tinkering on its own, too. While husking sweet corn ears, I unwrapped this super-thick ear with 18 rows of kernels and two ear tips. It’s one more example of the untapped genetic potential hidden inside the genes of our plant world.