A newly introduced Open-Pollinated corn variety (OPV) or the IBP Variety 6 was developed by the Institute of Plant Breeding (IBP) University of the Philippines, Los Baños (UPLB). The variety is high in protein, lysine and tryptophan?
According Department of Agriculture OPV has a national yield potential of 5.4t/ha and can even yield higher when employed with recommended cultural management practices due to its tested local adaptability and agronomic performance. Proven by Mr.Artemio D. Esolana, a corn seed grower of Ilihan, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte who harvested big corn ears which are comparable to the ears of a hybrid.
So the next time you buy or plant corns, choose the open-pollinated variety. This corn is healthier to eat. In fact, corn can replace rice as our main food. Like rice, corn is a rich source of carbohydrates. I remember the couple featured in episode of Jessica Soho, they are eating corns and only corns in times of calamity.