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Science: Santa Claus's Corn

Dr. George Harrison Shull, professor of botany and genetics at Princeton University, gave hybrid corn to the world free of charge. But the U. S. Department of Agriculture pointed out last week—just for fun—that if old Dr. Shull had received a royalty of only 1¢ an acre for the 25,000,000 U. S. acres planted to hybrid corn in 1939, he would have taken in $250,000—a tidy income for a scientist. In 1939 Iowa planted 77% of her total corn acreage to hybrid corn, Indiana planted 60%, Illinois and Ohio 57% each.

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