Thursday, January 25, 1912.
THE CAROLINA UNION FARMER
the chahron ear
i a- countryman—that’s all,”
av,i ® way the grower of this remark-
11,® ear of corn, Mr. Fred C. Palin,
i’led himself. Though he is admitted
in leading corn experts
the country—one whose services
J"® greatly in demand as judge of
el’ll exhibits, Mr. Palin asks for no
s eater honor or distinction than to be
'l^^ii as a plain Hoosier farmer, and
abi'^® he openly professes a reason-
, le pride in the achievement of grow-
g the famous ear of corn which was
Judged the most perfect ever grown,
IS without a shadow of ostentation,
„/^he champion ear of corn was not
1- Occident.' There can be no greater
.in the value of careful study
br^ Painstaking selection of seed and
g ®®niug than the experiences of this
he^t Palin. The farmer who thinks
^nds a chance to go into his corn
and by a piece of luck pick out
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evp which Nature has fashioned
tk®P moi’e perfectly and with it wrest
Car from this Indiana man,
Qj not do better to disabuse his mind
tj^^^nis fallacious notion than to read
story of Palin and his champion
FRED C. PALIN.
If fii’st place, Palin knows corn,
fact fh® no more proof of this
opjj. ^^nn the bare story of the devel-
ion and discovery of the champ-
Pi’oof^^’ would be enough. And in
be nf this fact, here is the story as
Were November, 1910, and Tve
W’Gath^^^^ harvesting our crop. Tne
a ^nd been good, but we w’ere
fiicn with the harvest. The
W'itij going through the fields
Satbp • ® wagon in the usual way
Was the corn, and the harvest
^ n promising one.
iRy X. ® have a, sort of corn show at
all the time, and there is al-
ca/g ^n award for exceptionally gonl
typg ni corn—ears sufficiently true to
hibitis^^ permit of their being
V- n. There is a small
erv IS tt Biiitin uwA
wagon in which the most
Pfopp®, nre thrown. These, when
cor^ selected, constitute the seed
Carg’ nnd among these more perfect
We Wo occasionally find an ear that
“Or,® willing to exhibit in a contest,
^he day the champion ear was
ber rj’ ^ was at the house and at din-
^bd of the men brought it in
bars with, a number of other
fooi^fhon the window sill in the well
ffie Ro to take and put away in
Sot a ®^^’' ^ ‘do you think you’ve
«- ^od ear there?’
ho eg, ,^^oks to me like a good ear,’
, 'T r,, , ‘What do you think of it?’
Weip r PP PPd looked it over.
Jboet’r,^ ®b,id finally, T think it is the
h’s OP'' of corn I ever saw.
Jbgg ,.®Pough to win the W. K. Kel-
trophy this year at
“And I w'as confident the moment I
saw it, and looked it over, that I held
the trophy winner in my hand. So
much so that when I left for Omaha
to exhibit the ear, I took it out of ray
grip and showed it to the station
agent with the words, ‘That’s the ear
I m going to wun the $1,000 trophy
So there’s the story of the champion
ear as Palin told it himself. And on
the strength of it who will say that
Fred C. Palin doesn’t justly merit the
title, “The Man who Knows Corn”?
But that’s not all of Palin’s story.
He tells it willingly, though modestly,
for he knows that his story whenever
told is a source of great encourage
ment of the thousands of farmers who
never had a better chance than he had
himself. Palin was born and brought
up on a farm near Newtown, Ind. He
has never owned a foot of farm land
in his life, and the 360-acre farm on
which the champion ear of corn which
won the Kellog Trophy was grown is
a rented farm.
Mr. Palin’s real experience as a
farmer began about sixteen years ago.
He had been on the road as a grocery
specialty salesman, when he took a
notion that he would rather be an ag
riculturist, so he took a few short
courses at Purdue University and
rented a portion of the farm he now
occupies. Nine years ago he began
carefully breeding this new variety of
corn. For two years he planted two
rows of Reid’s Yelow Dent, then two
of Alexander’s Gold Standard, detas-
seling the Gold Standard. From the
detasslted rows he picked for seed
only the ears carrying the character
istics he wanted to reproduce, plant
ing these in breeding plots and main
taining careful selection, so that in
nine years’ time ho had developed a
$1,000. Mr. Kellog as the originator
and manufacturer of Toasted Corn
Flakes naturally has a deep interest
in the development of the higher
grades of corn, for the company of
which he is president, the Kellogg
Toasted Corn Flakes Co., requires ten
thousand bushels of corn a day for the
making of its product. The Kellogg
trophy was offered to be awarded in
animal competition for the best single
ear of corn uritil won twice by the
same producer. The fact that che
Kellogg product is made only from
selected white corn, while the win
ning ear was of a pronounced yellow
type, was a peculiar feature.
The Kellogg trophy was won in 1910
at Columbus, Ohio, by R, A. James, of
Charleston, Til., with a magnificent ear
of Reid’s Yellow Dent, but not so per
fect an ear as that which originally
won the trophy and which has be
come known as “the best ear of corn
The next award of this trophy will
be iriade at the next National Corn
Exposition, which will be held in Feb
ruary, 1913, at Columbia, S. C, It is
planned to make this exposition much
broader in scope than any held in the
past, and consequently a longer time
^vill be required for preparation.
Special buildings are being erected
for the exposition, the main building
to be 400 by 167 feet, ground meas
urements. The show will last ten
days. The state of South Carolina
has appropriated $40,000 for the ex
penses of the exposition and the pros
pect is that Dixie will “do herself
proud” in an effort to make this ex
position the greatest of its kind ever
The World’s Greatest Ear of Corn
VARIETY—Palin’s Corn Flake Yellow. (Named after winning the
W. K. Kellog $1,000 Trophy).
A HYBRID—The seventh year production.
Male—Reid’s Yellow Dent.
Female—Alexander’s Gold Standard.
DIMENSIONS—Length, 10 1-8 Inches. Circumference, 7 3-4 inches.
Number of rows, 20. Length of kernels, 3-4 of an inch. Width of
kernels, about 3-8 of an inch. Thickness of kernels, 1-6 of an inch.
Arrangement, very uniform, kernels running in straight rows the
entire length of the car without a misplaced grain, holding their
length well to the ends of the ear, tip being well covered with dent
ed grains. Weight, 20 ounces. Estimated proportions—corn, 92 per
cent; cob, 8 per cent.
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Com 5how atCOLUMDIA.S.C.,,
q'he Palin champion ear was the
first winner of the W. K. Kellog
National Corn Trophy, a handsome
silver and enamel cup made by
Tiffany of New York at a cost of
issued by this baiik bear interest at 4 per cent from date
if deposit remains three months or longer.
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