[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] some kind of grain

Richard Benert benovich at live.com
Sat Nov 30 09:24:52 PST 2013

Vielen Dank to all who troubled themselves over Welschkorn!  At least the 
choice of definition is narrowed down to two.  I was inclined to go with 
Otto's discovery that Russia produces a lot of buckwheat, until I ran into a 
report by the American consul in Odessa in 1908 talking about how much maize 
was grown in Bessarabia.  What surprised me was his statement that 25% of 
the arable land there was given to maize for HUMAN consumption, not just for 
fodder.  Thanks, Rita for the alemannisch lexikon, et votre Anglais, 
Susanne, est beaucoup meilleur que mon Francais!


-----Original Message----- 
From: Otto
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2013 6:12 AM
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] some kind of grain

On Nov 30, 2013, at 3:16 AM, Bianca Ritz wrote:

> Hello Richard,
> Welschkorn is maize. See here.
> http://www.badische-seiten.de/alemannisch/lexikon.php?le=2992
> Bianca

If you have read my first E-letter you are aware I included (3) URLS
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat
> http://www.dict.cc/german-english/Schwarzes+Welschkorn.html
> http://translation.babylon.com/german/Welschkorn/#
and (2) choices Corn (Maize) and buckwheat (buchweizen)

The German term "korn" refers to "grain" i.e. "Welshkorn.. . ." Is Welsh 
grain our South American Maize? Or is it Buckwheat? Both are referred to as 
Welsh grain.

Two definitions exist, Maize is what we call in English "Corn" of many 
varieties, thanks to the Mexicans and South Americans.

The Odessa area does produce corn. Today, Lots.

Buckwheat is a short season crop and Russia is the world's largest producer 
of it. Note it states over 800,000 tons annually.
Country Area Harvested (ha) Production (tonnes)
Russian Federation 843,200 800,380
Two choices exist as to which grain crop was indicated, 1.corn or 2. 
Here is another URL
What did they produce in the 1800's in the Odessa areas of cultivation?

Herr Benert will have to do more research to discover which one was intended 
by his query.  I also am now curious. I am not that familiar with the Odessa 
area farming practices.

. . .   Otto
         " The Zen moment..." wk. of January 01, 2013-
                  "Answers out there . . .  Seeking us."

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