Strange growth on tassel of corn.

hnycrk(8a)July 4, 2013

Was looking this morning and noticed this strange growth on one of the tassels of my corn. Anyone have any idea as to what it might be. I was thinking maybe corn smut, but I could only find pics of it on the cob and not the tassels. Should I pull this one plant?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Yes that's smut. You can destroy the tassel if you like. No need to destroy the whole plant. At the stage your corn is the infection period of the ears, where infection matters, is over.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:06AM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

We've had rain every single day here, so I'm thinking that they must be barnacles!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 10:06AM
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hnycrk(8a)

So further research led me to find that corn smut fungus also called huitlacoche in Mexico is eatin and sold as a delicacy. Some corn growers actually inncoluate their fields of corn with spores of the fungus because the huitlacoche is worth more than the corn itself. Maybe I'm on to something here!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 6:50PM
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brittanyw(8a)

Save it and eat it! I hear it's put in quesadillas sometimes. I think I've also heard it has a strong, perhaps acquired taste, but I can't find any corroboration via googling, so I might be wrong about that. Anyway, if you can do something with it, why toss it?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 6:57PM
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tdscpa(z5 NWKS)

Be careful with that. It must be cooked, toxic raw. Find cooking instructions from a source you trust.

Those look too old to consume. They need to be harvested at a less mature stage.

This post was edited by tdscpa on Sat, Jul 6, 13 at 4:51

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 4:48AM
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