Monday, May 31, 2010

History of Corn

Okay, the cobs we ate yesterday with the backyard burgers came from Florida, but it's coming, August in southern Ontario, local corn picked from roadside stalls -- and maybe some you-pick strawberries to follow. Meanwhile the New York Times reviews the origins of corn agriculture in Mexico 9000 years ago.

Corn agriculture only reached southern Ontario about a thousand years ago, and profound adaptation to a shorter growing season were required.  But once the adaptation was made, corn-growing was fundamental to Ontario history 1000 CE to c1820 CE when wheat temporarily took over. Then wheat began to move west c1880. Drive southern Ontario backroads today, and you see that corn is back -- though most of it is silage, "cow-corn," not the sweet stuff.
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