Don’t Know Enough to Quit Growing

The Skidmore Standard frequently reported amazing feats of agricultural skill and fortune. This one is from the August 4, 1899 edition:

A. C. Wood of Florida Park came into our sanctum yesterday when it was so hot that the mercury was trying to push the top off the thermometer, and made things warmer by asking the editor something that he couldn’t answer. He then began telling us what large corn he has on his farm in the Park. He wouldn’t commit himself by stating just how high the corn is but says he can tip-toe and reach his highest – about 8 feet – and then not come within three feet of the ear. It is a prize variety from a seed company in Kansas and to quote Mr. Wood: “It just seems like the darned stuff don’t know enough to quit growing.”