Polar Dent Corn
(Zea mays); Heritage; Michigan Connection cultivar; 95 days
Mr. Arthur Jewett of Mason Michigan donated this strain of dent corn to the USDA in 1949. Perfectly adapted to southern Michigan, it was developed in Michigan prior to 1949 by J.R. Duncan as a strain selected for resistance to spring frost. The earliest reference we've found to date for Polar Dent is in the 1930 MSU Ag Extension Bulletin "Investigations of Corn Borer Control at Monroe, Michigan" that states:
"Real early planting, April 28, proved disadvantageous to all dent varieties except Polar Dent, a frost resistant corn bred by J. R. Duncan of the Michigan Experiment Station at East Lansing. Polar dent yielded well at all planting dates from April 28 to May 25."
At 95 days it is considered very early in maturity. 14-18 rows of bright yellow kernels fill out ears that are 6-7 inches long. Stalks reach 7-8 feet. We are excited to include this heritage dent cultivar in our collection.