Bob Nielsen, Agronomy Department, Purdue University
The term 'Scrambled silks' refers to that phenomenon wherein silk
elongation, prior to their emergence from the husk leaves, is interrupted or
altered, resulting in a mass of scrambled silks near the tip of the cob that
never fully emerge from the husk. Another name for this problem is 'silk
Obviously, any silks that fail to emerge from the husk will not be exposed to any pollen and consequently will not contribute to the formation of kernels on the cob. The net result is some degree of barrenness on the cob and, consequently, lower yield.
Online reference: http://www.kingcorn.org/news/articles.00/SilkBalling-0718.html
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