I'm interested in breeding my own field corn. More as a hobby than anything. But hey, if I get lucky, it would be cool to use my own hybrids in our commercial fields. Anyways, I am in north central Kansas. Our weather is usually on the dry side of things, 18" average during the growing season. Our average July high is 93 degrees, but on average we have 12 days over 100 a year and 4 or 5 over 105. Clay to silty loam soils. Anyone have any suggestions on inbreds that I should try?
I have already ordered tx202, tx204, tx205, OH43E, B73 o2o2, and LH200 off of the GRIN website strictly based on descriptions on the website. There's a lot of USDA ARS GEM inbreds on there, but no descriptions. Quite a few from Iowa State and UNL as well. So many inbreds, so little information.
Also interested in experience and tips from other hobby breeders.
Crop Science magazine used to have a section at the back with all the latest germplasm releases. They included pretty detailed information on them. I think the information is online somewhere, but I don't know where. Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic Is a composite of inbreds selected for good lodging resistance. Then it had many generations of selection for strong stalks and yield. It breeds like northern flints, making superior hybrids with southern dents. At one time, and I think still, all commercial hybrid field corn had one parent derived from Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic. I think you could find good composites made of southern dents, which would pair well with ISSS.
I'm in central KS, Ellsworth. Glad to have you join.
Several of our members have gone to a new site, opensourceplantbreeding.org/forum/ Obviously some of us still check in here regularly. And there is and "always" will be lots of good information here.
I would try PHW52 x tx205 it was a fairly stable hybrid on the test plots I have seen. I have also worked with some of the gem material, some might work for you. It is generally not nearly as consistent as an ex-pvp, you may want to self it a generation or two. I am working on breeding corn for Northern MN and Western Iowa, the places I farm. One suggestion is to start with an inbred with good potential on one side and test cross from there. For instance use tx205 as a male over multiple females at the same time. Then see which hybrids work in your area.