On May 28 I planted Painted Mountain Corn and on June 1 Dakota Ivory Corn. Both were fully emerged from the soil about 12 days after planting. Now on July 27 there are tassels on all the plants of both varieties and many are beginning to shed pollen. At the same time almost all the corn plants have silks emerging from the leafy sheaths that enclose the pistillate flowers. The height of the plants is between four and five feet but a few are shorter or taller.
Painted Mountain is a multi-colored flour corn and the colors are not limited to the kernels. Silks, tassels, husks, cobs, and stalks can be various shades of red and purple. Tassels can also be white or yellow. Dakota Ivory Corn is white flour corn but some kernels have pink markings. The tassels are mostly yellow-white but some have traces of red and the silks are white or lightly infused with pink. Stalks are green but sometimes there are thin layers light red.
A few years ago I began selecting Painted Mountain Corn plants that produced two ears even if the second ear was not well developed. This has led to an increase of multiple ear bearing plants. This year there are many plants with two ears and a few with three. I’ve noticed that the Dakota Ivory Corn has a tendency to multiple ears, usually two per plant but sometimes three.
So all that is needed now is some rain and another month of warm weather and there should be a large harvest and plenty of new seed stock.