USDA ARS United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service

Beltsville Area/BARC

  Henry A. Wallace Exhibit
Portrait of Henry Wallace
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.
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