10. Maize: Breeding and Field Testing for Organic Farmers

  1. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren11,12 and
  2. James R. Myers13
  1. Walter A. Goldstein1,2,
  2. Walter Schmidt3,
  3. Henriette Burger3,
  4. Monika Messmer4,
  5. Linda M. Pollak5,6,
  6. Margaret E. Smith7,
  7. Major M. Goodman8,
  8. Frank J. Kutka9 and
  9. Richard C. Pratt10

Published Online: 16 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945932.ch10

Organic Crop Breeding

Organic Crop Breeding

How to Cite

Goldstein, W. A., Schmidt, W., Burger, H., Messmer, M., Pollak, L. M., Smith, M. E., Goodman, M. M., Kutka, F. J. and Pratt, R. C. (2012) Maize: Breeding and Field Testing for Organic Farmers, in Organic Crop Breeding (eds E. T. Lammerts van Bueren and J. R. Myers), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945932.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 11

    Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen, The Netherlands

  2. 12

    Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

  3. 13

    Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mandaamin Institute, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA

  2. 2

    Crops and Soils Research, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI, USA

  3. 3

    KWS SAAT AG, Einbeck, Germany

  4. 4

    Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Ackerstrasse, Frick, Switzerland

  5. 5

    Guthrie Center, IA, USA

  6. 6

    USDA-ARS, Corn and Soybean Unit, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

  7. 7

    Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

  8. 8

    Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

  9. 9

    Seed We Need Project, Dickinson, ND, USA

  10. 10

    Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470958582

Online ISBN: 9781119945932



  • maize breeding, field testing for organic farmers;
  • value of selection, organic conditions;
  • breeding maize hybrids;
  • maize breeding, and organic farmers' needs;
  • MFAI, sessions, with organic farmers;
  • alternative hybrids;
  • KWS indirect selection gain (CRorg);
  • selecting indirectly, and conventional cropping;
  • OSU corn-breeding program;
  • KWS effort, large seeded, vigorous cultivars


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What Kind of Maize do Organic Farmers Want?

  • Are There Viable Alternatives to Single Cross Hybrids?

  • Testing and Using Alternative Hybrids

  • Are There Benefits for Breeding under Organic Conditions?

  • For Which Traits Is It Necessary to Test under Organic Conditions?

  • Choice of Parents for Breeding Programs

  • Breeding Programs

  • Future Directions

  • Notes

  • References