The Q&A Archives: Missing teeth in corn

Question: Last summer, my corn (SilverQueen) had short, stubby cobs, with irregular rows. Why? What could I do this year to get large, full ears? Debra Cromer Baltimore, MD

Answer: Corn is pollinated by the wind and so it can be very eratic in its pollination. That's why some ears have missing teeth or kernels in the ears. Corn is also a heavy feeder. Some steps to take: -Plant in warm soil 60-65F -Plant in rows of 4 at least10' to 15' long -Fertilize at planting time -Watch the growth of the young plants and be prepared to side dress them with a nitrogen rich fertilizer such as 10-10-10 before the tassels appear. -Keep well watered

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