August 5, 2009


The corn began tasseling a few days ago, the male flowers producing the pollen, carried by the wind, which will pollinate the corn silk.

The ear of corn is quite a wonderful construction; each silken thread carries pollen to a kernel. If you get an ear of corn with some kernels missing, they just didn't get pollinated.


  1. Who knew? What a fantastic system, thanks for the explanation. I've never seen redheaded corn before - and that blip of yellow at the top of the picture reads like a word that says CORN.

  2. what variety is this?

    I've been looking for some that has the pink/red silk gene. Preferably a flint or indian corn instead of sweet corn. Thanks.

    please email: keen101 [at] gmail [dot] com.