One of the most popular open-pollinated yellow variety grown in the country and now available in organic - get here here and nowhere else! Especially well suited for the Corn Belt.
Originated by Robert Reid of Illinois in 1847 and improved by his son, James L. Reid, from 1870 to 1900.
In 1877 James Reid produced a yield of 120 bushels an acre! The average yield at the time was 27 bushels of corn per acre. This became the world famous Reid's yellow dent.
Color is deep yellow, with a lighter cap, but a reddish tinge often appears.
The cobs tend to be small and dark red. Ears are 9 to 10 in. long and 7 to 8 in. around with plants growing to 10-14 feet tall (see picture).
Biggers ears on the stalk can weight 1.8#s!
Ear tapers slightly, with 16 to 22 closely spaced rows. Kernels are very deep and narrow to medium in width, slightly keystone in shape, with a square crown.
Slightly rough, with kernels dented on top. Stalks are tall and leafy and make very good silage.
Adapted to virtually every state.
A great deal of information has been lost about the performance of some of these old varieties. Fortunately some old historical information exists that really helps us today. The 1936 USDA Yearbook of Agriculture recommended Reid's Yellow Dent for the following states. AZ, CO, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, NE, OK, SD, UT, VA, WA, and WV
"I am often asked for the origin of what I call 'Reid's Yellow Dent Corn' and just now seems to be a proper time to give the public a short history of it. In 1846 when my father Robert Reid moved from Brown County, Ohio to Illinois, he packed with other goods his seed corn. This corn was known in the Red Oak settlement as the 'Gordon Hopkins' corn. It was not a yellow corn, but had something of a reddish cast which I call 'flesh color.' Transportation at that time was not rapid and it was quite late in the spring when the corn arrived. Uncle Daniel Reid, who had previously settled in the vicinity of Delavan, had the ground ready and the corn was at once planted and it made that year (1846) a good yield of immature corn. Father selected the best ripened corn for his next year's seed, but got a very imperfect stand of corn in the spring of 1847 and had to replant, which was done with a 'Little Yellow Corn' such as was grown in Illinois, the missing hills being put in with a hoe. The corn has never been purposely mixed with any thing since, and has been bred up by selection to what it is today, one of the best varieties of pure yellow corn in existence." - James L. Reid, 1899
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I haven't had a chance to get my corn in the ground yet, but they are all there as ordered...thanks.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.