Growing maize in a greenhouse/sources for bm leaves and com bm

R.L. (Bert) Innes, Ph.D. binnes at mco.net
Sun Nov 8 13:06:19 EST 1998


Brown Midrib corn is distributed in the U.S. by Cargill Hybrid Seeds.

Thomas, Steven wrote:

> Accompanying request, received at the Maize COOP, forwarded to the maize net.
>
> Dear folks,
>
> A colleague of mine, Mark Davis, recently requested (now received, thanks!)
> seeds for several brown midrib maize lines for some work we are going to
>do to
> demonstrate whether or not the stover from these lines is more easily
> convertible to sugars to feed to fermentative conversion processes.  This
>idea
> was suggested by the increased feeding value of these lines for cattle.
> Unfortunately, it is now nearly winter in Colorado and we are going to
>have to
> grow these plants in our greenhouse.  However, I have no experience growing
> corn in a greenhouse and need some guidance regarding light/dark,
>humidity and
> temperature regimes, as well as plant spacing, pot size, soil mixture and
> fertilization for optimal growth.  I have also heard mention of "red light"
> for greenhouse growth and wonder how I can arrange that.
>
> I do have a supplemental lighting system in my greenhouse (currently in use
> with tobacco) and use Phillips Son Agro 430W bulbs (daylight spectrum),
>spaced
> at 3-4 foot intervals throughout the growing area.  Do you think this is
> adequate, or do I need to do something different for corn?
>
> I would also be interested to learn if you might know of a source of brown
> midrib corn stover/leaves which might help us to jumpstart our project.  I
> would be interested in obtaining stover from bm1, bm2, bm3 and bm4 lines, as
> well as any of the combinations of these alleles which might exist.  I have
> funds to pay for these, if necessary.
>
> Also, if there are any commercial lines of brown midrib corn, I would be
> interested to learn who distributes them in the US or elsewhere, and if you
> have any of them in your collection.
>
> Thanks very much for your help.
>
> Steve
>
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