Ag by the Numbers – Corn Tassels

Posted: July 17, 2023

Soon you will see corn tasseling in fields throughout DeKalb County.

The tassel is a critical part of the corn plant’s ability to produce grain, during the pollination period.

Here are some interesting facts about corn tassels.

  • The tassel represents the male flower on a corn plant (the ear shoot represents the female flowers).
  • Each tassel contains 2 to 5 million grains of pollen.
  • Tassels typically begin releasing pollen 2 to 3 days prior to silk emergence from the ear shoot.
  • Only 1 grain of pollen is needed to fertilize 1 single silk. Each fertilized silk develops a kernel on the ear of corn.
  • Pollen is shed over a 10 to 14 day period.