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Help spread the wonder of families learning together. I really enjoyed the passage and the video really well. But real talk man, what's the difference between corn on the cob and corn in a can? More than 50 percent of the corn grown in the United States becomes food for livestock. Don’t miss our special deals, gifts and promotions. The female flowers develop into the corn's ears, which contain the kernels. However, what do you know about the corn plant itself? Hahaha, just joshing around with you Wonderopolis! The leaves wrap around the stalk, rather than having a stem. The main ingredient in most dry pet food is corn. The kernels are arranged on the cob in 16 rows. :), Great question, Dave! In English, sometimes the ear also is referred to as a “cob" or a “pole.". Follow. Thanks for spending time WONDERing with us today! You would need about 6 to 7 small ears to make up 5 cups of starchy veggies. 2014–2020 © National Center for Families Learning, http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-are-they-called-ears-of-corn, © National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). The ear is the spiked part of the corn plant that contains kernels. Check out the, Want to learn some interesting corn facts? The ear is also considered a "cob" or "pole" but it is not fully a "pole" until the ear is shucked, or removed from the plant material around the ear. Was that joke too corny for you? Silks - long strands of silky material - grow from each egg and emerge from the top of the ear. We can't wait to WONDER with you again! If you're still feeling artistic, then get some corn cobs to use as paint brushes! You might try to ask a local farmer or visit your local farmer's market! Take some inspiration from Arcimboldo! Can you keep a secret? The ear is also considered a "cob" or "pole" but it is not fully a "pole" until the ear is shucked, or removed from the plant material around the ear. We eat corn, animals eat corn, cars eat corn (well, it can be used as a biofuel), and we even can eat corn out of a container made from corn (think: bioplastics). The plant's leaves emerge from the stalk. Take them home to slice, dice, and arrange into your own edible work of art! Molly: You can't tell a secret out in the field, Bessie! The husk is the green, leafy layer that we peel back before feasting on this summer treat. They grow as the ear grows, often sticking up from the tip of the ear of corn, forming a pouf of sorts. We agree with Bessie. Therefore, corn can be vulnerable to dry soil conditions as they don't have a deep root system. In the beginnnig, the Wonderopolis team brainstormed Wonder topics we thought would be popular and interesting. We're sure you could also keep researching at your library and online! :), Hi, Cornelliuiss! Pollination occurs when pollen is carried from the tassels to the exposed silks on the ear of corn, which is the female flower on the plant. Head to the produce aisle to choose some some colorful fruits and vegetables. Every row has the same amount! If you are reading this, corn has touched your life in some way. We were walking past the Wonderopolis barn the other day when we overheard an interesting conversation between a couple of cows: Bessie: Psst! “Ear" comes from the ancient word “ahs," which meant “husk of corn." You can submit your ideas to the Wonder Bank. the Wonder of the Day® via email or SMS. Pollination occurs when pollen is carried from the tassels to the exposed silks on the ear of corn, which is the female flower on the plant. Be the first to know! There are too many ears! Instructions Shuck your corn. All of the new Wonder questions are submitted by Wonder Friends, just like you! Don't feel foolish if you thought an ear of corn had something to do with your ears — you're not alone! Always keep WONDERing! A buck an ear. The tassel and the corn ears are responsible for reproduction and formation of the corn kernels.