National Geographic : 1904 Jun
TEOSINTE READY FOR FIFTH CUTTING. At the Malate experiment station marked success has been obtained in growing teosinte, one ofthe most valuable and productive of forage plants known. In general appearance it resembles Indiancorn, with which it is closely related botanically, but, unlike corn, it produces many shoots from a single seed.Thirty orforty shoots have been counted growing from a single seed. A small plot of teosinte, planted January 6,gave five cuttings between March 21 and August o1, the growth at the last cutting being nearly 6 feet high and yielding at the rate of 16 tons of green fodder per acre. The total yield of green feed for the plot during the 42 months specified was 491 tons per acre, selling for $10 gold per ton. On well-fertilized ground and under proper management the Bureau of Agriculture states that during the year an acre should yield at leastToo tons. The plant also matures its seed in the Philippines. The first experiments at seed production yielded atthe rate of 800 pounds of thoroughly cleaned seed per acre, and this was secured during the dryseason. Two and probably three crops of seed can be grown on the same ground during the year, which at thesame rate for each crop, and at the prevailing prices for the seed, would give a return for seed alone of $1,440 gold per acre.