The condition of seed corn throughout Iowa this year is such as to cause the gravest apprehension. Personal -examinations of corn in every section of the state have been made and the Station is now making extensive tests of samples sent in for germination.
There seems to be a general impression that, since the corn apparently dried out well last fall, there will be no danger of having poor seed. The fact is that there has seldom been so large a percentage of the corn which was killed. Frequently one ear will be good and the very next one poor; one side of the ear may be alive and the other one dead and, of two neighboring kernels on the same ear, one will grow and the other will not.
Holden, P. G.
"Selecting and preparing seed corn,"
Bulletin: Vol. 7
, Article 1.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/bulletin/vol7/iss77/1