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#1 1967806

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:09 AM

Here's a picture of a stalk of corn in a Nutech test plot I put out at a customers place this spring. I doubt if all 3 ears will go ahead and mature though. I was just thinking it would be fun if a person could spoon feed this plant the rest of the fall and see what all 3 ears would do. It's not uncommon to see 2 ears on some hybrids around here but usually there is one better than the other.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 10:36 AM

Dan, we had one off by itself one time that had 5 or 6 at this stage about 5 years ago. If I remember right, only 2 of them matured, maybe even just 1 matured. If you split a stalk and disect it, there is a ear on every joint I believe. Those Pioneer growing point newsletters have some superb information in them on things like this.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 01:35 PM

Kind of relevant, but when I get into one of my Oliver Wendall Douglas (Green Acres) moments, and am thinking about the plants "shoosting up from the ground", I think it is amazing that every plant is the same height in a field.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 03:21 PM

Dan, we had one off by itself one time that had 5 or 6 at this stage about 5 years ago. If I remember right, only 2 of them matured, maybe even just 1 matured. If you split a stalk and disect it, there is a ear on every joint I believe. Those Pioneer growing point newsletters have some superb information in them on things like this.

I had one soybean plant one time off by itself that had 680 pods on it. They were so thick I had to break a branch off one at a time to count them. Wished they all were like that!


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Your right there is an ear at every joint. I had an agronomy at Purdue Short Course and they showed up the ears and tassel from a 6" tall corn plant that they had dissected. The outside row of corn across from my house has several triple eared stalks.
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Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:39 PM

Which hybrid, Dan? Are the silks starting to brown off? It's a little hard to tell if it's that, or a reddish tint to the silks. If they're starting to brown, would be about the right stage for Headline. Won't hurt my feelings a bit if he wants to Headline it. Nice looking plants, though.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:13 AM

I've got alot of 3 eared stalks this year. I'll have to look closer to be sure, but the field I pulled this one out of I'd say 50% have three ears. The other 50% only has 2 ears.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 08:01 AM

Kristen, Ive see that happen too with volunteer corn. Had a neighbor one time showed us a stalk with 6 ears on it. They werent good ears though. Makes a person kind of wonder if there is some little secret to unlock the potential for more good ears.

John, this is in the 5X-711 strip. The silks in the picture arent quite browning off yet. I think the 109-110 day stuff is probably ready but the 116 day stuff isn't yet. From what I can see Im glad you went ahead and got ahold of the 5H-412. Its the tallest in the plot so far, even taller than the 911. Im anxious to see how it yields this fall.

Chad, thats pretty much what Iv'e seen here too. Not all stalks are the same. This one was the only 3 eared stalk I seen in tis row.
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Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:01 PM

I worked for Stine seed co. doing experimental seed research, testing, planting, harvesting. You would NOT believe some of the stuff I have seen a corn and soybean plant do! Trust me 5-6 ear corn is nothing!


Its always cool to see in your field though, there is a lot of 300bpa corn around where I live that makes 2 ear corn. Some crazy good ground we have here.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:56 PM

Years ago I saw a field near the U of I that has 12-14 ' tall stalks and most had multi ears .
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Posted 02 August 2009 - 07:20 PM

If I remember correctly from the discussions I have had with a well known agronomist from Iowa, the corn plant can produce an ear at each leaf. If you pull the leaves off the plant you can see if your holding the top ear(where your biggest yield is) if there is no groove in the stalk on the leaf above your highest ear on the corn plant. I would think that more than 2 ears on a plant is not a good thing. It takes a lot of energy to mature 3 ears. Better have a lot of fertilizer out there.

Here's a good question for you guys. What do you think is a better ear, one filled to the tip or just tipped back from the end a little bit?
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