Minnesota Farmer

pollination test
July 27, 2011, 10:42 am
Filed under: Corn, garden, harvest, Minnesota | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Now that corn tassels are out and the silks are fully expressed, farmers start to wonder what kind of a crop they will be having.  A first hint is usually the sweet corn harvest.  Since sweet corn is harvested in the “milk” stage, it is harvested early in the life of a corn plant.  Sweet corn also seems to move quickly from pollination to harvest  in a few short days.  This is not always an accurate test, but it gives us a hint.  My mother harvested her first sweet corn today, so we got a peek at the future.

The ears seem to be well formed with a minimum of missing kernels that can appear when hot dry weather accompanies pollination.  One of the ears did have about an inch and a half of un-pollinated cob at the end which I snapped off.  The other had less than half of an inch.  A little cob that is showing is not bad.  It is when there are large areas of cob showing that we worry.

For this area of Southwestern Minnesota I would say we had a very good early pollination.  We will have to see what shows up when the later ears are harvested.



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