|Taos Blue on 7/13|
This is a flour corn, and I'm always looking for a good flour corn.
|Taos Blue August 14|
|October 2 Taos Blue|
|Taos Blue & Fusarium|
Note the starburst pattern on the kernels...Its a fusarium. Fumonisins are a group of mycotoxins produced by fungi in the genus Fusarium. The fungus Fusarium moniliforme (Fusarium verticillioides) is a common pathogen of corn, so common in fact that it is found wherever corn is grown. Fusarium moniliforme usually appears white to salmon colored, although it may not be visible on the corn kernel. This fungus often produces a symptom on the corn kernels referred to as "starburst," or a white streaking of the kernel. You can't eat corn with fusarium or feed it to horses. I guess this one will be chicken food. As part of their rations, fumonisins don't bother chickens.
I suspect the very very dry weather, coupled with insect invasions of every known kind are probably responsible for this. I won't be doing any more summer planting of corn. This year the plan is to plant all four corns of the season as early as possible. I'm keeping an eye on the soil temperature. If it continues to warm, I may plant in March!