Watch for Kernel Abortion Warning Signs

May 9, 2013 12:00 AM
 
Watch for Kernel Abortion Warning Signs

While an ear of corn will fill out with kernels in the best-case scenario, several features can be an early red flag that problems lie ahead.

"Ideal situation, we’re going to pollinate the butt to the tip," says Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie in Corn College TV Season 3. "We’re going to have that happen in three days, five days on the outside. You can see this. We’ve got nice pollination going up, and then we start getting in trouble here at the end as we really got hot and dry, hard to push out its silk, and we have a white-colored tip.

(Click here to order Corn College TV Education Series on DVD.) 

Color patterns of white, gradual white to the top of an ear or a cream-colored shade are good signs that proper ear development is occurring.

"But if you see a bright yellow color and then it turns white, that’s about it," he says. "Trying to save kernels beyond that, they’re going to abort within a matter of a few days after this gets to mid-dough stage."

Learn more in Episode 1 of Corn College TV Season 3:
 

Back to news
RELATED CONTENT

Comments

 

Rate this News Article:

Spell Check

No comments have been posted to this News Article

Corn College TV Education Series

2014_Team_Shot_with_Logo

Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!

Markets

Market Data provided by Barchart.com
brought-by
Close