George Shull

The Father of Hybrid Corn Today newspapers announced the retirement of the “father of hybrid corn,” George Shull. An Ohio farm kid, George was a noted botanist who taught at Princeton University for 27 years. George’s work resulted in a one hundred and fifty million-dollar increase in the value of US corn as a result…

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Today we celebrate the man who named the lipstick tree and was known as Florida’s Burbank. We’ll also learn about the incredible work of an extraordinary Russian botanist who was tragically sentenced to death on this day in 1941. And we honor the life of the “Father of Hybrid Corn.” Today’s poetry is all about…

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George Shull

Self-fertilized Corn #OTD Today in 1942, newspapers announced the retirement of George Shull. An Ohio farm kid, Shull was the noted botanist who taught at Princeton University for 27 years. His work resulted in a $150M increase in the value of US corn as a result of his crossing pure line varieties with self-fertilized corn.…

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Here’s a little primer on mulch placement. Keep mulch away from the bases of plants and trees. Trees can be harmed or killed by mulching too heavily around the trunk. Perennials and other plants can be smothered or damaged by heavy mulch around the crown as well. Mulch is a wonderful tool in the garden,…

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