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Two Corny Videos: Learn How to Breed and Hand-Pollinate Corn

If you’re interested in growing corn or plant breeding in general, check out these two helpful videos from the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society Farm Breeding Club about breeding your own corn. The first video, “Planting Your Own Corn Breeding Nursery,” explains the techniques for planning and planting a corn breeding nursery. The instructions are well-suited for the amateur home growing or farmer and the student corn-breeder. The video shows how to make straight rows, neat aisles, seed correctly, and properly mark pollination bags.

The second video, “Keeping OP Corn Using Hand Pollination,” explains how to maintain an open-pollinated variety of corn using chain sibbing with hand pollinations. 




Love corn? For even more information on this crop, see our guide All About Growing Sweet Corn and our article on one of our favorite grain corns, Floriani Red Flint Corn Grain Corn: The Perfect Staple Crop for Every Homestead.

Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .