Pollination of Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Saddle Brook, NJ
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Question by Trappstadt
November 28, 1997
Does the use of 1" netting affect or deter the pollination cycle of corn or would the age of the seeds affect the pollination?

Answer from NGA
November 28, 1997
Corn is generally wind-pollinated; when the silks have formed, pollen grains from the tassles fall down onto them. Each silk is attached to a potential corn grain on the forming ear. The use of netting would only affect pollination if movement of the tassles were impaired.

The age of corn seed would determine the germination rate and vigor of the plant. If a corn plant from an old seed grows to maturity, the plant should produce ears of corn.

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