In a message dated 06/12/2000 10:29:43 AM, CoeE at missouri.edu writes:
<<James L. Reid, born near Russellville (1844), Ohio,
developed the world famous variety of corn known as Reid's
Yellow Dent. Most of todays hybrid corns were derived from
Most of today's hybrid corns for the USA were developed from "yellow dent" (a
generic term that usually applies to yellow dent corn adapted to the U.S.
Corn Belt) but not necessarily "Reid's Yellow Dent". However, many important
US Corn Belt inbreds trace part of their ancestry to Reid or to varieties
that were developed from Reid's Yellow Dent. Hybrid corns of other parts of
the world (northern Europe, Latin America, Asia) have little or no yellow
dent of any kind, much less Reid's Yellow Dent.
Also, I second the recommendation to read Troyer's paper.