corn seed saving...impractical?
Is it worth bothering to save seeds from corn in a home garden? I am growing Golden Bantam and Country Gentlemen - very different maturity times, so they won't cross pollinate, and I am the only one that I know of growing corn in my area, so there is not really a chance there either...
Anyway, is it practical to save the seeds from my few (less than 100) plants and use them to sow next year? I've considered that the plants that do the best in my garden may be the ones that I want to save for the following year and they might actually develop a tolerance to my specific growing conditions...or is this just non-sense and the potential gains would not outway the potential loss of too much genetic material and my corn become too "in-bred"?
Any help would be appreciated.