Some hybrids could be more likely to form a tassel ear. Tassel ears can be on tillers or suckers. These tassel ears can form when the growing point is damaged by hail, wind (green snap), animal feeding, frost, flooding, herbicides, and mechanical injury before V6. For example, we see many tassel ears near plot alley ways that were cut earlier in the season. Tillers or suckers are more likely to be found in low plant densities. Tassel ears can also be found on field edges where early season soil compaction and saturated soil conditions could be the reason for this abnormality.
This year's early season wet weather could be the reason we could be finding more tassel ears, but do not to confuse tassel ear with the disease, crazy top, where infection causes tassel or shoot development to be an abnormal mass of leaf tissue.
|Tassel ear found in a drowned out spot in a field|