Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler
The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Crop Profile: Asronomy Domine
Crop Profile: Astronomy Domine Sweet Corn
Crop Type: SU/SE sweet corn genepool
Breeder: Alan Bishop/Hip-Gnosis Seed Development/Bishop’s Homegrown
Breeding Method: Mass Cross, Composite, Genepool, Landrace
- Restore inbred sweet corn germplasm to a usable state
- Increase sweet corn diversity
- Increase occurences and volume of free amino acids in a usable form by selecting for intese kernel color.
- Drought and Low Fertility Tolerance
- High sugar content
- Cool moist soil germination
Parents: Over 170 different sweet corn cultivars from the world over have been crossed into this unique elite line of corn. Hybrids, Open Pollinated types, and heirlooms, as well as unique inbred lines
Comments: This was the first of our many and ever expanding breeding projects. We began by utilizing about 50 sweet corns and introgressing them together in a breeding plot to which we planted extrodinarily early allowing natural selection from the pool by way of utilizing on the genetics that germinated and grew well in cold and wet soil. Over the years we have introgressed many more lines of unique sweet corns into the mix allowing them to cross and selecting for the average maturity, plant height and type, and selecting specifically for color and taste. We have tried to allow as much variability in type as we possibly can so that others the world over can select for what works best in their particular climates. Many strains with very diverse traits exist including some in Israel as well as Asia and all over the United States. In the coming years we will begin to select harder for what performs the best in our climate here in the Ohio Valley.