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seed corn

1. Literally, the seed of corn that is kept aside from a harvest in order to plant for the following year's production. The hens got loose and ate up all of our seed corn. I don't know what we'll do for next year's harvest!
2. By extension, that which drives or supports future use, growth, or development, as opposed to that which is used immediately or in the present. (Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.) Research, even that which doesn't lead to anything profitable, is the seed corn of this industry. The investment firm provides seed-corn financing to small business ventures.
3. A very small, painful callous that typically appears on the weight-bearing part of one's foot. I can't believe I got a seed corn right before the big marathon! I don't know how I'll be able to run it.
See also: corn, seed

seed corn

If someone talks about seed corn, they mean resources or people that will produce benefits in the future rather than immediately. Investment in the industry, the seed corn of future output, has fallen by 75 percent. Note: If people eat their seed corn, they use up their valuable resources, and this will prevent them from being able to do things in the future. A society that's unwilling to invest in its future is a society that's living off capital. It's eating its seed corn. Note: A farmer's seed corn is the grain that is used for planting rather than being sold or eaten.
See also: corn, seed
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like the 16-foot AgriGold seed corn salesman that routinely causes visitors' mouths to drop open as they enter the shop.
For the past decade New York State, through its budgeting practices, has been eating its seed corn by acting only with an eye to the short term.
Part one, "Eating the Seed Corn," looks at the impact of budget reductions on the policy and budget analysis shops of the federal government: the US Bureaus of Labor Statistics and the Census, the Congressional Budget Office, the US General Accounting Office (now the US Government Accountability Office) and the executive branch Office of Management and Budget.
What does eating the seed corn or trimming the herds mean?
Molokai in January and February is the Silicon Valley of the seed corn industry," boasts Thomas DeCourcy, manager of Holden's Foundation Seeds Inc.
Pioneer affixes tags to its bags of hybrid seed corn which define a limited license acquired with the purchase of its bags.
We are eating our seed corn,'' said Paul Romer, a Stanford University economist who argues that industry is still squeezing products from the aging cornucopia of breakthrough technologies that came during and after World War II.
The problem, says Watts, is not "that minority businesses lack ideas; they lack capital--the seed corn for business.
Farmers then bought seed corn having "beautiful" features, thinking that it guaranteed higher yields.
Tom Farms is a global production, sales and service operation, specializing in seed corn, corn and soybeans.
Lot 1 - Providing Seed Corn Up to 20 to 30 March 2016 - 50,000 Lei Minimum Value - Maximum Value of 75,000 Lei Vat Eclusiv Minimal Amount 6000000 Grains - Grains Maximum Amount 9000000 2.
Seed corn is purchased one time a year - companies have one chance, each year, to earn back the loyalty of customers and win over new customers.
The easily recognizable Hayes 4-wheel planter had two wheels on each side set at an angle to each other, "duplicating the action of a pair of skillful human hands," in covering the seed corn.
I haven't farmed for a few years, but when I quit farming, virtually all bags of seed corn sold had a total of 80,000 kernels of corn per bag.
Regardless of the species of bird, it will have a much harder time reaching your seed corn if it is planted one inch (2-1/2 cm) deep.