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In Their Own Words

September 15, 1738

Different Corn Seed Yielded Different Results

William Stephens recorded how one kind of corn seemed to grow much better in colonial Georgia:

“…Such among us as had any Plantations worth their Care, began to be busy now in gathering what Corn they had; which proved very different, according to what Kind of Seed they had planted; and it now appeared too plain, that the Failure of a Crop where it happened, was principally owing to that yellow skin’d Corn, whereof Mention has formerly been made, more than to the Drought; because they that had the good Fortune to plant of the broad, white Sort, had generally a reasonable Return, not to be complained of…”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 200.