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Plant Breeding / Re: Peanuts
« on: 2020-03-05, 12:02:08 PM »
I grew 40 to 50 acres commercially in Virginia for the in shell use market for over 30 years. We planted them first week in May and harvested them late September into late October. My last frost free date is usually April 10 and first frost around November 1.

They are self pollinating for the most part. I grew some acres for Certified Seed and had to maintain 10 feet between varieties in case a stray bee got to a flower before it selfed. The variety Champs sold by Southern Exposure was the leading variety 10 years ago for a large seeded Virginia type peanut. Its PVP has expired and you will see some organic growers growing it. Newer commercial varieties that have better disease resistance are under PVP.

You can store seed in the refrigerator for about 2 years. The high oil content keeps their life short. 

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Plant Breeding / Freezing corn pollen
« on: 2019-09-23, 07:32:27 AM »
I have some late planted corn that was done especially to obtain pollen to freeze so I can pollinate greenhouse plants in early spring. Anyone have a successful method of freezing pollen at home?


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Here's a good paper on inheritance of maysin which appears to easy. Also includes mention of a popcorn with high maysin. PI 340586.
Access full text with a university login and search for doc. through their journal search.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1046/j.1439-0523.2001.00610.x

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Plant Breeding / Re: Amish Butter Popcorn Crossing
« on: 2019-08-07, 01:20:07 PM »
It's about the only heirloom popcorn mentioned in books like "Beautiful Corn". In fact that guy has spent some time selecting from it those plants that do well in the Pacific Northwest. However, he choose to keep both kernel types in his selecting. I find that it lodges so I'd like to fix that as well.
Severson Organics in Illinois grows it on a large scale enough to offer it in 50lb bags and makes a good meal as well as a unique tasting popcorn.
4 to 6 inch ears, 2 per 6-8 foot stalks. A tough one to hand shell.

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Plant Breeding / Amish Butter Popcorn Crossing
« on: 2019-08-07, 11:41:03 AM »
So I am planning ahead for next year.  Planning to do some crosses with Amish Butter aka Pennsylvania Butter Flavored as the  female. I am curious why no one  has cleaned up that line  as it has pearl andp rice kernels. I get more pearl types growing them  in my garden.
Anyone have an in depth history on this old heirloom? I haven't decided what I want to cross it with yet. I'd like to get an orange well flavored popcorn.

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