Yesterday's Tractor Co. Shop Now
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
Classified Ads
Photo Ads
Tractor Parts

Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs

Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Using Your Tractor & Crop Talk

Discussion Board - Pollenating Hybrid Corn

Welcome Guest, Log in or Register
Author  [Modern View]

07-30-2014 03:49:36

Report to Moderator

Coming home, we saw several fields of corn with the tassel cut off. I know it has to do with making a hybrid but how do they pollinate the ears? Is it all hand work or is there a way to mechanically apply the pollen? Just curious.


[Log in to Reply]   [No Email]
charlie M

08-01-2014 10:59:04

Report to Moderator
 Re: Pollenating Hybrid Corn in reply to fergienewbee, 07-30-2014 03:49:36  
Maybe if all the tassels are gone they are trying to get the baby ears you find in Chinese food? Those ears haven't started to grow because they haven't been pollinated.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
Matt Tieken

08-01-2014 07:10:58

Report to Moderator
 Re: Pollenating Hybrid Corn in reply to fergienewbee, 07-30-2014 03:49:36  
They only leave the tassel on one out of every 4-5 rows. The rows left with the tassels on fertilize the detasseled plants resulting in hybrid seed.

I don't know what would be going on if all the plants were cut.
This post was edited by Matt Tieken at 07:12:08 08/01/14.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

07-30-2014 12:23:56

Report to Moderator
 Re: Pollenating Hybrid Corn in reply to fergienewbee, 07-30-2014 03:49:36  
All the stalks looked to be about the same length and all had similar "brush cuts." I thought in making hybrids they brought in tassels/pollen from other strains. Might be wrong on that.


[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

08-01-2014 07:15:18

Report to Moderator
 Re: Pollenating Hybrid Corn in reply to fergienewbee, 07-30-2014 12:23:56  
That would be very difficult and special to create a very few plants that way, not on a full field scale to hand pollinate.

Is it possible the male plants were on a different maturity and the tassels were not out yet, but the female corn had been detasseled?


[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

07-30-2014 07:42:23

Report to Moderator
 Re: Pollenating Hybrid Corn in reply to fergienewbee, 07-30-2014 03:49:36  
I believe one out of 4 rows is the male plant, and will have the tassel on. Or a similar fraction of rows.

Tassels might not quite have been out on those if you didn't see them? Make plants are not harvested for seed, only the females.


[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
[Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Posting Help]  [Return to Forum]   [Log in to Reply]

Hop to:

Fast Shipping!  Most of our stocked parts ship within 24 hours (M-Th). Expedited shipping available, just call! Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors. Compare our super low shipping rates! We have the parts you need to repair your tractor. We are a company you can trust and have generous return policies. Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ About Us ]

Home  |  Forums

Copyright © 1997-2018 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters