Popcorn

By: Alex Assmann

How it's planted and harvested

Popcorn is planted and harvested like regular corn. It also looks like regular corn but is shorter and has a more spread out tassel. Its planted into the ground with a planter and is grown until the plant had dried up and ready to harvest. A combine will harvest the popcorn. The ideal moisture for the plant is 13-14%. When it is harvested is goes through processing and is then ready for the consumer to eat.

Top 5 States where popcorn is grown

1.) Nebraska

2.)Indiana

3.) Illinois

4.) Ohio

5.) Iowa

Uses for popcorn

1.) Pinole (a spice sometimes thinned into a drink)

2.) Pancakes

3.) Flour

4.) Tortillas

5.) Decorations

Pest Problems

Weeds have the tendency to take over a popcorn field and lower the yield production. Usually tilling and cultivating can lower the amount of weeds that take over the field. Also many types of insects eat the crop. These can be prevented by fungicides herbicides and a GM seed.

FUN FACTS!!!!!!!

Popcorn can pop up to 3ft in the air.

If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels.

The largest popcorn ball was made in Sac City Iowa. It weighed 5,000 pounds and stood over 8 ft tall.