Agronomists tried to grow corn in Arctic

Agronomists tried to grow corn in Arctic

March 23, 2023

The USSR head Nikita Hrushchev's corn campaign - an attempt to mass-produce corn on the country's fields - even affected Taimyr.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYRIn the mid-1950s, after Soviet leader Nikita Hrushchev visited the United States, corn was cultivated in all regions of the Soviet Union. Even the Far North was no exception.

The combine’s farms, and they were not only in Norilsk and Dudinka, but also in Kureika, Potapovo, Taiga, joined the fashion initiative.

True, northern agronomists immediately understood that the queen of fields on our tundra land would not ripen to grain. The ears reached only milky ripeness, and they decided to make silage for the polar cows from them.

But all those attempts did not take into account the Taimyr climatic conditions, so our corn epic was a failure. Even watermelons and melons were grown on polar farmlands, but cabbage took root best of all.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

March 23, 2023

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