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Collecting Open Pollinated Corn Varieties

Doug Terrell dterrell at custom.net
Thu Feb 22 22:07:16 EST 2001

Mr. Smith,

There are two sources available, both will only supply limited number 
of kernals ( 100 - 200 ) and require that you maintain the 
seed/variety from there.

1) The National Plant Germplasm System, they are on the web at:


2) Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Ia

Both sources have advantages and disadvantages. NPGS is geared 
towards research, but will work with collectors. SSE is a network of 
small-scale growers and collectors, each Spring they publish a 
Listing ( not a Catalog) of growers who have seed available to 
exchange, in turn they like for the recepient to list the seed in 
later years. SSE charges a Membership fee.

Of the two varieties you list; Iodent as an Open Pollented variety is 
believed to be extinct. Iowa State, a few years ago released BS30, 
which is a synthetic recreation of Iodent from Iodent derived 
Inbreds. Several strains of Midland are available from both NPGS and 

I can help you with the Midland, I have a few pounds of one strain available.

Doug Terrell
Washington, IN

Hebron Smith wrote:

>  I am trying to locate as many older open pollinated varieties of dent
>  corn to add to my collection. Especially interested in Midland,
>  Iodent, etc.
>  If anybody has a source of seed, please e-mail me at hsmith at kih.net.
>  Hebron Smith

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