Field of Corn

Field of Corn (HM21I8)

Location: Dublin, OH 43017 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 5.086', W 83° 7.435'

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Hybridization revolutionized the production of corn in North America and worldwide
in the 20th century. Cross-pollinating two distinct varieties of corn or other plants
can result in hybrids that are stronger and more resistant to drought and disease,
and that produce higher yields than either "parent" variety. Native Americans and
early settlers had experimented with many ways to improve corn, but the first commericial
hybrid corn was not produced until 1918. The breakthrough came when American
agricultural researchers crossed the offspring of two hybrid strains to create a double-
cross hybrid. They learned to control pollination by placing paper bags on corn
ears and tassels, removing them only to pollinate the plants by hand. Like most
corn grown in the 1900s, the variety depicted here is a double-cross hybrid called
Corn Belt dent corn, which has between 14 and 22 rows of yellow kernels and a
small dimple or dent, on the end of the kernels. The basic "parents" of dent corn
are Northern flint corn and Southern gourdseed corn. Sam Frantz, who farmed this
site from 1935 to 1963, was well known for his development of hybrid corn seeds.
He worked with The Ohio State University on corn hybridization projects and served
on the United States Department of Agriculture Seed Authority Committee.
HM NumberHM21I8
Placed By 1994 by Dublin Arts Council
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Date Added Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 318920 N 4439327
Decimal Degrees40.08476667, -83.12391667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 5.086', W 83° 7.435'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 5' 5.16" N, 83° 7' 26.1" W
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Area Code(s)614, 937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4923-5025 Rings Rd, Dublin OH 43017, US
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