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    RUSSIAN MAIZE - PRAISED BY MR. KHRUSHCHEV AS TEN TIMES SUPERIOR TO AUSTRIAN MAIZE -?

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    RUSSIAN MAIZE - PRAISED BY MR. KHRUSHCHEV AS TEN TIMES SUPERIOR TO AUSTRIAN MAIZE - WAS HARVESTED AT THE LOWER AUSTRIAN FARM OF DR. FIGL PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRIAN UPPER HOUSE, OCT 16, ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MR. KHRUSHCHEV'S CLAIM FOR WHICH HE STAKED A FAT PIG DURING HIS 1960 VISIT TO AUSTRIA.

    RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AVILOV ATTENDED THE TEST HARVEST AT DR. FIGL'S FARM AT RUST, WHEN IT WAS FOUND THAT THE RUSSIAN MAIZE DID NOT, AFTER ALL, YIELD TEN TIMES AS MUCH AS THE AUSTRIAN VARIETY.

    FACED WITH A MINOR AGRICULTURAL DEFEAT, THE RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT SUDDENLY DECLARE THE WHOLE WAGER INVALID. HE SAID MR. KHRUSHCHEV HAD NOT STAKED THE PIG ON "CORN MAIZE" BUT ON "SILO MAIZE".

    MR. AVILOV PROCEEDED TO ENLIGHTEN ATTENDING JOURNALISTS ON THE POINTS OF DIFFERENCE: "CORN MAIZE" IS CULTIVATED FOR CORN YIELD. ONLY THE COBS ARE CUT AND THE CORN IS STRIPPED, DRIED, AND GROUND TO FLOUR. THE WATER CONTENT OF CORN MAIZE IS NEVER MORE THAN 35%. SILO MAIZE, HOWEVER, IS CUT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND CHOPPED UP WHEN THE CORN IS STILL SOFT. ITS WATER CONTENT IS AROUND 65%, WHICH MAKES IT SO MUCH HEAVIER".

    THE RUSSIANS ARGUMENT: MR. KHRUSHCHEV ASKED DR. FIGL DURING HIS 1960 VISIT HOW MUCH MAIZE WAS HARVESTED IN AUSTRIA PER HECTARE. FIGL SPOKE OF 25 CWT, MEANING CORN MAIZE. MR. KHRUSHCHEV GUARANTEED A TENFOLD YIELD, THINKING IN TERMS OF SILO MAIZE.

    THE AUSTRIAN COUNTER-ARGUMENT: THERE WAS NEVER ANY TALK OF SILO MAIZE. MR. KHRUSHCHEV SENT HIS BEST EXPERT ON MAIZE TO AUSTRIA, WHO ADVISED PEOPLE AT RUST FARM ON THE CULTIVATION OF CORN MAIZE.

    BOTH SIDES STUCK TO THEIR GUNS, EQUALLY LAYING CLAIM TO THE PIG. THEY PARTED IN PEACE BUT WITHOUT SATISFACTION. IT IS NOW EXPECTED THAT THE RUSSIAN MAIZE EXPERT WILL SOON RETURN TO VIENNA TO STRAIGHTEN THE MATTER OUT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC2LK3J2X76ECJXE6W8FUNLQFF
    Media URN:
    VLVAC2LK3J2X76ECJXE6W8FUNLQFF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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