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Cornology Quiz


1. An acre of forest is more beneficial to the environment than an acre of corn.

2. Grain corn can be harvested approximately 60 days after planting.

3. The corn plant has both male and female parts.

4. Corn is part of the grass family.

5. Grain corn by-products can be found in over 2,000 items.

6. Sweet corn and grain corn are the same.

7. Popcorn is grown only in the central part of the United States.

8. Typically, you can get six ears of corn or more per stalk of corn.

9. Corn develops from a small seed to a plant that is typically 6 to 11 ft tall.

10. The word "corn" can refer to maize, wheat, oats and grain sorghum.

11. Each kernel of corn, when planted, will produce 300 to 1,000 or more kernels.


1) FALSE, Both have environmental benefits. Both have large leaf areas that absorb lots of carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the entire summer period. The plant residue left after grain corn harvest is returned to the soil as organic matter.

2) FALSE, This is true of sweet corn. However, grain corn is left standing in the field to fully mature and dry. Grain corn is usually harvested in October or November.

3) TRUE, The silk is the female part while the tassel is the male part.

4) TRUE, Theory has it that kernels of corn once had individual floral parts like oats, and cobs that broke apart easily unlike the ears and husks which we know as corn today.

5) TRUE, In a typical 10,000 item grocery store, corn can be found in at least 2,500 products.

6) FALSE, sweet corn has a higher sugar and water content and its use is for corn-on-the-cob, frozen and niblet corn. Grain corn has many uses for both edible and non-edible products.

7) FALSE, popcorn is grown in Ontario, Canada -- more so in the southern part of the province.

8) FALSE, In ideal growing conditions you may get two fully matured ears of corn. Normally one fully matured ear is harvested and a second ear can be seen, but is not well developed.


10) TRUE, However, in Canada and the United States, "corn" usually refers to maize. The scientific name is Zea mays. Other names are "mais" (French) and "maiz" (Spanish).

11) TRUE, An ear of corn when matured will normally have 10 to 18 rows of kernels with up to 50 kernels per row. Good growing conditions will mean many ears with 600 to 800 kernels of corn each.

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