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Fun Facts About Corn

By goldfinch4
September 18, 2012

Here's everything you ever wanted to know about corn!

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Sep 18, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Goldfinch4,

Thanks for sharing the fun facts. My fave was the cornflake trivia. Hilarious!
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goldfinch4
Sep 18, 2012 6:46 AM CST
Smiling Glad you enjoyed them. I was surprised by the cornflake one too when I first heard it!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 18, 2012 8:08 AM CST
My favorite was silk from each kernel. Next would be the cornflakes.
Only 8%? Blinking I think there would be a better way to eat corn. Thumbs up
Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 18, 2012 9:24 AM CST
I'm with Lynn about the silk from each kernel and the cornflakes. Hmmm, what's the other 92%? Blinking
And I read somewhere that corn is actually a grass. It does sort of look like wheat on steroids! Hilarious!
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Sep 18, 2012 10:45 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Sure does!
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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Sep 18, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Better way to eat corn? On the cob, with butter and salt.

Corn is wind pollinated. You might see honey bees buzzing around the tassels, but they don't carry the pollen to the silk, the wind does that. Blank spaces on the cobs happen because each silk needs pollen to make a kernal of corn, and if they don't get it, the kernel isn't there. Using an overhead sprinkler to water corn when the tassels have pollen can result in the pollen being blasted off and washed away. A rainstorm could do the same thing, but we have no control over that.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 18, 2012 12:56 PM CST
And the best way to cook that corn on the cob? Wrapped in aluminum foil on the barbeque! Yum!

I've heard about the wind pollination. That's why the instructions for planting I've seen always say that no matter how small a quantity you're planting, put them in closely spaced rows. I've successfully grown corn in earthboxes. Smiling
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 18, 2012 1:02 PM CST
We practice that in growing out garden corn. Close together is the best.
Name: Kim
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Chillybean
Aug 19, 2015 2:15 PM CST
Since we've moved out into the country, we're inundated by corn, but it was nice to read these facts. Our last attempt at growing sweet corn resulted in that Mexican delicacy. I did some research and found a picture somewhere of canned "huitlacoche". Oh my! Now I have to wonder, what is in corn flakes? Rolling my eyes.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Aug 19, 2015 2:16 PM CST
LOL!! Living in Iowa I'm sure there's no shortage or corn, as here in Wisconsin!
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