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| caption = John Gleason’s prize-winning corn in the Grand Champion Sweepstakes at the Ohio State Corn Show, 1925. John Gleason (1886-1932) was a Clinton County, Ohio farmer who developed hybrid seed corn and raised pedigreed poultry. He was known throughout Ohio and the region as a progressive farmer who was interested in corn culture. Because of his knowledge and ability, Gleason was in demand as a judge of corn at various shows and county fairs.
Maize is another name for corn, a cereal grain. Originally, maize was a wild plant, but Native Americans in Central America eventually domesticated it and improved on the wild variety. In the wild, maize originally consisted of a plant that could grow as high as twenty-three feet and that only produced a few small kernels. Between seven and twelve thousand years ago, Native Americans in Central America began to domesticate maize, creating a plant that could produce hundreds of kernels of corn on each cob. Today, most domesticated maize plants grow to a maximum height of nine feet.<br />
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