The Xenia Effect in Corn

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 27, 2017 SHARE Matt Hutcheson, CCA Product Manager Seed Consultants, Inc. The Xenia Effect refers to the effect of foreign pollen on kernel characteristics. Cross-pollination occurs in corn because it is a monecious, which means that it has both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowers on a single plant. The Xenia effect occurs when pollen from the tassel of one corn variety moves from one field to another, landing on the silks of another variety which fertilizes and produces. The picture above is an example of the Xenia effect, found by SC agronomists this fall. Flint (also known as “Indian” corn) was planted a short distance from a field of hybrid dent corn. Both the flint corn and dent corn were flowering at the same time, allowing the flint corn to pollinate some kernels on the dent ears. The cross-pollination exhibited by the Xenia Effect can influence testing procedures and production of specialty corn crops. The Xenia Effect in Corn Home News Feed The Xenia Effect in Corn Previous articleHarvest Forecast: 4 Days of Dry Weather Followed by Harvest InterruptionNext article 2017-18 National FFA Officer Team Elected at 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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