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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BROKED CORN, n. (See quot.) Not known to our correspondents.Abd. c.1760 Minutes of Farm. Club in Trans. Highl. and Agric. Soc. (1902) XIV. 81:
The faughs are taken in upon the 5th grass; they get two furrows, and carry 3 bad crops of broked corn. Note: Broked corn was a mixture of great corn and small corn. The great corn was the common oat, Avena sativa; the small corn, from Dr Anderson's description and from the fact that it is still a prevalent weed in Aberdeenshire and the North-East, was probably Avena strigosa. The great oat was sown on the better land, the small oat on the poorer. Sometimes a mixture of the two was sown, in the belief that it would afford “a much more weighty crop, especially of fodder.”

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