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Name: Tiff
Miami (Zone 10a)
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Chickentiff
May 20, 2020 8:34 AM CST
I've never grown corn before, so I'm not sure if this is normal. The head came out small and green, didn't worry about that. Recently though, it looks like long premature seeds that were inside it are coming out and hanging by strings.
Is this a sign of a pest, disease, or is it normal?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 20, 2020 9:57 AM CST
That's the tassel, the male pollen producing flowers. The ears of corn are lower down the stem and will have 'silk' coming out the top. The pollen falls from the tassel onto the silks and pollinates the ear, one kernel at a time.
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
May 20, 2020 12:41 PM CST
Welcome!
How much corn did you plant? Corn is wind pollinated so you need a large enough "box" of plants to pollinate efficiently. (usually 6 inches apart in a 4x4 foot box minimum) If you only have the one plant I think your corn harvest will be unfortunately limited.

The plant looks great though!
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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May 22, 2020 4:01 AM CST
Usually 6 inches apart in a 12x12 foot box minimum for good pollination.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 22, 2020 6:59 AM CST
There's a way to get pollination when you only have a single plant...
lift some of the rice looking parts from the tassel, and sprinkle those over the silk protruding from the ears... when those appear.

Hand pollination isn't as much fun as letting mother nature do her job, but the corn hybridizers do it several acres at a time.

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