Tropical maize was evaluated fairly extensively in Florida in the 80s
and 90s. The fact that it is not used today is indicative of its success
(lack thereof in this case). Insect pests were a major issue and a
significant pesticide program was required to keep it productive.
From: Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Society
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Subject: Tropical Maize "Sugarcane of the Midwest"
Tropical Maize for Biofuels
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Oct. 16, 2007
A tropical variety of corn, when grown in the midwest, stores
sugar in its stock. Does anyone know if it would have any
benefits over planting sweet sorghum?
" 'Corn is a short-day plant, so when we grow tropical maize here
in the Midwest the long summer days delay flowering, which causes
the plant to grow very tall and produce few or no ears,' says
Below. Without ears, these plants concentrate sugars in their
stalks, he adds. Those sugars could have a dramatic affect on
Midwestern production of ethanol and other biofuels."
Gabriel L. Espinosa
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