Answer: Congratulations on your retirement! And, for chosing gardening as a hobby. The tassles on the tops of corn stalks are actually the 'flowers' where pollen grains develop. When the tassles are ripe they spill their pollen onto the silks on the ears of corn, waiting below. Each of the silks is connected to a kernal on the cob. The kernals will develop if the silk attached to it receives a grain of pollen from the tassel. That's why some ears of corn have rows and rows of uniform kernals (complete pollination) and some ears of corn have missing kernals (incomplete pollination). Sometimes the tassles are cut from the corn stalks after they have shed their pollen, if crows are a problem in the field, or if rainfall or high winds occur often enough to push the corn stalks over. Hope this answers your question.
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