3. I have just returned from Canal Point, Florida, where two weeks were spent in the examination of corn sporocyte material. A brief statement about the winter planting of corn in Florida, aranged for and supervised by Dr. Jenkins, may be of some general interest. It was an unusually warm winter down there. Corn planted at Canal Point from October 25 to 28 began shedding pollen in late December and Mr. Garrison had finished making most of the crosses in this material by January 20, some 2 or 3 weeks ahead of last year. A later planting on November 24 was beginning to reach the sporocyte stage January 10, and an abundant supply of sporocyte material equal in quality to that obtained during the summer here at Ithaca was available during the following two weeks. Tassels were beginning to show in this planting on January 25.
The location at Canal Point is well-protected from frosts, the soil is well-adapted to corn, and corn smut which often does so much damage, especially to plants from which sporocyte samples are taken, seems to be entirely absent from that region. Birds, the ear worm, sugar cane borer, and other pests caused considerable damage this year, but it looked to me as if it should be possible to get at least a reasonably good winter crop down there most every year. A stunted condition possibly due to a length of day effect was noted in some lines, but other lines looked about as good down there as they do at home here in the north.