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Author Topic: M A I Z E - ZEA MAYS  (Read 1073 times)
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« on: November 07, 2008, 09:07:04 am »

                                             M A I Z E  -  Z E A   M A Y S (Latin)

Maize (IPA: /ˈmeɪz/) (Zea mays L. ssp. mays), known as corn in some countries, is a cereal grain domesticated in Mesoamerica and subsequently spread throughout the American continents. After European contact with the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th century, maize spread to the
rest of the world.

Maize is the most widely grown crop in the Americas (270 million tonnes annually in the United States alone). Hybrid maize, due to its high grain yield as a result of heterosis ("hybrid vigour"), is preferred
by farmers over conventional varieties. While some maize varieties grow up to 7 metres (23 ft) tall,  most commercially grown maize has been bred for a standardized height of 2.5 metres (8 ft).

Sweet corn is usually shorter than field-corn varieties.
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