2. Tall Corn. In the lowlands of this country where the soil is relatively fertile nearly all the local varieties of corn are extremely tall and the ears are often six to ten feet from the ground. The improved type, VENEZUELA-1, was especially popular when introduced to the public because it was shorter than the local varieties and had a low set ear. It has been discouraging to find that each year this corn is becoming taller and the ears are farther from the ground. Mass selection for low growing plants with their corresponding low set ears has been practiced for eight generations with little permanent success.