Stewarded by Adaptive Seeds near Brownsville, OR, Open Oak Party Mix represents a very diverse genetic mixture of northern-adapted midwestern dent corns and New England flint corns that yield stunning yellow, orange and red ears. This variety is one of the earliest dent-type corns that are adapted to the Pacific Northwest, allowing them to mature and dry down in the field in time before the rains arrive in the fall. As a flinty-dent corn, it contains more flour than flint corns, producing a starchier cornmeal; or you can sift the fine, yellow cornflour from rich, coarse-ground polenta and have two culinary uses for the same crop. As a dent corn, it also performs well when nixtamalized into masa for tortillas and tamales. Vigorous, high-yielding plants grow to 10 ft. tall when irrigated, and have been a top-performer in Dry Farming Collaborative variety trials. The OSU Dry Farming Project has been breeding this variety for improved dry farming performance, as well as increasing its culinary potential for tortillas. 120 days to maturity in the Pacific Northwest.
|Zea mays L.
|Dry Farming Institute
|Location of Variety Evaluation
|Willamette Valley, OR
|Variety Evaluation Info
|2016 - 2018 Dry Farming Collaborative Variety Trials