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Specialty corn hybrid field day set Tuesday

By Staff | Sep 10, 2015

LUTHER – A “Specialty Hybrid Corn for Food and Feed” Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is set Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District, 3 Boone St., in Boone.

Specialty Corn Breeder Alix Paez and his wife, Mary Jane Paez, with Iowa-based seed company Genetic Enterprises International will be on hand to discuss the diverse family of corn hybrids developed to suit a wide range of needs, including specialty applications in the food and feed industry.

Attendees will hear from other specialty corn specialists including:

  • Paul Scott, assistant professor of agronomy, Iowa State University.
  • John Gilbert, a farmer near Iowa Falls.
  • Jay-lin Jane, a professor of food science and nutrition, with Iowa State University.
  • Stefan Gailans, with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Topics discussed include:

  • Breeding, uses and applications of specialty corn; high-lysine corn; high-anthocyanin corn; floury corn; waxy corn; resistant-starch corn, and white corn.
  • Breeding, uses and applications of mushroom popcorn for coating.
  • Breeding, uses and applications for hard-textured corn for dry milling.
  • Breeding, uses and application for high-carotenoid corn.
  • Information on a new specialty corn hybrid GEI is releasing this year.

“Specialty corn has modifications to the nutritive aspects of the grain either proteins or starches that have been modified to give the corn special properties,” said Alix.

GEI is a corn breeding company that develops hybrid dent corn and hybrid specialty corn for food and feed. GEI develops products for specific nice markets or special applications in the food and feed industry, as well as hybrids of different maturities to fit the various growing areas in Iowa. GEI hybrids are suitable for conventional, organic or high-intensity farming practices.

The field day is sponsored by Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District and there is no cost. Lunch featuring foods made with specialty corn will be served.

RSVPs are required, as attendance is limited to 50 people. Please reply to Lauren Zastrow, (515) 232-5661 or lauren@practicalfarmers.org, by Fri., Sept. 11.

Attending farmers are also invited to bring a 1-pound sample of corn grain to test. At the end of the field day, the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit of the USDA-ARS at Iowa State University will set up an NIR machine to test the corn for levels of protein, starch, oil and density.

Directions: From U.S. Highway 30, take exit 137 for Iowa Highway 17 toward Madrid and drive south for six miles. Turn right on County Road E57/270th Street.

The field day location is at the intersection of Iowa Highway 17 and County Road E57.

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