*The long threads on top of an ear of corn are called silks.
*There is one silk strand for each kernel of corn.
*An average ear of corn is 12-14 inches long.
*Corn can be yellow, white, red or bluish/black.
*A typical healthy corn plant is between 6-12 feet tall.
*The root system of healthy corn can grow 5-1/2 feet into the ground.
*Most ears of corn have about 800 kernels in 16 rows.
*It takes about 27,000 kernels to make a bushel of corn.
*Corn is an ingredient in over 3,000 grocery items.
*One acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air during the growing season.
*The only place in the world corn isn’t grown is Antarctica.
*Cornflakes are only about 8% corn.
*Allergies to corn are common.
*Squirt a little vegetable oil into the tip of each ear as the silk appears to kill corn worms.
*Sometimes a white/gray glob develops on the corn. It’s a fungus and won’t hurt the corn. But in Mexico it’s considered a delicacy and they call it a “Mexican Truffle”.
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