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Why detassel corn?? Please tell me

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newtoit

07-31-2005 15:22:03




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Only thing worse than not having to ask is not knowing and never asking. Am I supposed to be detasseling my sweetcorn for any reason. I know the brothers did it in huge feilds when we were yopuger they never asked why just whats the pay. If I am why and when should it be done.




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Dry Pond

08-03-2005 15:21:41




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
Some people detassel sweet corn after it has pollinated to decrease insect pressure and to help prevent it from blowing down. I have no idea if it prevents insects or if it is just a communist conspiracy.



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mikeinWA

07-31-2005 23:05:58




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
They detassel sweet corn in the Valley here to prevent it from blowing over and nothing more.



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DAR

07-31-2005 22:17:43




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
I have done it for the past 6 years and still going. i am a crew leader and i am in charge of 45 kids and tell them what to do and how much to pay them. the reason for sweet corn is the same for seed corn if you are making a hybrid sweet corn seed to be planted next year. if you are going to consume the sweet corn then i suggest that you leave the tassels on so the corn can pollenate.



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riverbend

07-31-2005 20:00:24




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
Short answer - don't detassel your sweet corn.



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Farmallkid From Ont,

07-31-2005 18:31:39




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
I did that for 2 years. Don"t know why sweet corn has to be done, i know seed corn has to. The pollen from the male plant falls onto the silk of the female to make seed corn, if you don"t detassel the female, then you would get inbred corn



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burn n 1

08-01-2005 19:55:47




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to Professor Von Brauner, 07-31-2005 17:31:41  
in response to professor vanbrauner...dude what are you smokin....awsum!



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Brent in IA

07-31-2005 17:51:40




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to Professor Von Brauner, 07-31-2005 17:31:41  
Now that was good! :-) I wish I could BS like that...



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Dick Davis

08-01-2005 02:40:02




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to Brent in IA, 07-31-2005 17:51:40  
Wish I could say it as well!! LOL



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JMS/MN

07-31-2005 16:32:35




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
Hybrid corn has two parents. It is a cross between the two. In seed fields, the two parents are planted, and one is detassled, so the other can fertilize the one which is detassled. You might see 4-6 rows detassled, next to 2 that are left. The fertilized rows yield very little- 20-50 bpa, but that is the hybrid seed that we plant the next year, which yields much more. Perfect example of hybrid vigor.

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amos

07-31-2005 16:25:46




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
the pollon from the tassel falls on to the silk of the ear and that is how the kernell is formed, in a normal field of corn the pollon just blows around and pollenates all the silk but in a field that is grown for seed corn they want to be albe to control what pollen goes to what silk so they detassel the ones that they dont want to pollenate the others, they try to develop certain qualites in the seed corn ,those filds are usually isolated from normal corn fields. I hope this helps more then it confuses

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Honest Jon

07-31-2005 16:21:02




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
Corn is still detassled in some of the more backward areas of the country. It is a holdout from the days when tassled corn was seen as a gaudy extravagence.



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BOYD G

07-31-2005 16:13:07




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to newtoit, 07-31-2005 15:22:03  
Corn is detaseled when the corn is grown for seed. I realy dont know why but it is. Hope this helps. Boyd



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CNKS

07-31-2005 16:27:57




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to BOYD G, 07-31-2005 16:13:07  
Corn is a hybrid -- an over-simplification is that the seed companies cross separate male and female lines, they don't want it pollinating itself.



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KAK

07-31-2005 17:26:06




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 Re: Why detassel corn?? Please tell me in reply to CNKS, 07-31-2005 16:27:57  
If you detassel your sweet corn you will get no kernels on the cob. You need the tassel to pollinate the kernels on the cob. That is the reason they say to plant at least 4 rows of sweet corn - to get good pollination! One year I planted Indian corn next to my sweet corn. What a mess the sweet corn was. Especially the corn in the rows next to the Indian corn. Good Luck.
Ken



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