USDA ARS United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service

Beltsville Area/BARC

  Henry A. Wallace Exhibit
Portrait of Henry A. Wallace at 15 Ear of corn
At 15, Wallace flew in the face of tradition when he proved corn yield and the appearance of the ear were independent. Until his experiment, ears of corn were examined for row uniformity, kernel shape, and ear length to judge the fitness of seed corn.
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