United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service Beltsville Area/BARC
Henry A. Wallace Exhibit
In 1923, Wallace developed the first commercial hybrid corn. Then in 1926, he founded the world's first-and still largest and most successful-hybrid seed corn company Hi-Bred Corn Co. (now Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.) to support commercialization. With hybrids, yields have grown from 25 bushels an acre in 1931 to 110 or more bushels today.