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Why Dallas area spring rains may bring the best growing season in recent years
A study in Ohio showed that in that state, annual rainfall drops nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil at a rate equivalent to 17 pounds of synthetic fertilizer being added. This is one of the many ways, obvious or not so obvious, that rainfall benefits us.
Texas farmer Marshall Hinsley thinks that the abundance of rainfall this year will bring one of the best growing seasons since 2009.
His reasons appear in this article from Culture Map Dallas.
Rescuing a crop from the brink of extinction, Victory Seed Company is reintroducing a variety corn in 2017, and it has a Texas connection.
With sturdy stalks that grow tall and produce ears that are eight inches long with sixteen to eighteen rows of kernels in varying colors, Petmecky corn is a flint or flour type of corn that can be harvested young and eaten as roasting ears.
Most commonly, though, its ornamental ears are allowed to dry so that the kernels may be ground into cornmeal.
In the past, this grain corn was sustenance to communities in the Texas Hill Country. Victory Seed Company founder Mike Dunton says word about the variety came to him back in 20015 when he was approached by C. B. "Hoppy" Hopkins of Fredericksburg, Texas.
According to Hopkins, German settlers entered the Texas Hill country in the mid 19th Century and signed a treaty with Native Americans in the area in 1847. At about that time, the Comanches gave the corn to the Pe…