I don't know much about burning corn, but I would think the kernels are
where the heat would come from (starch). If the kernels were dry
enough, they shouldn't pop - since it's expanding steam that causes
popcorn to explode.
On Mon, 21 Nov 2005 13:15:40 -0600, Duane Bozarth
It more complicated than that. Moisture is not the only factor. The
corn has to have a low porosity outer coat to trap the gases in long
enough for the pressure to build up. Popping corn is a specific seed
variety breed for that characteristic.
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I said that...field corn _will_ pop, just not as successfully as popping
We even popped milo as a treat at least once every fall from earliest
harvest before frost. Only about a 50% popping rate or so and tiny
kernels, but fun to do as kids...
There are at least some producers who do burn cobs since they are an
available otherwise of little balue byproduct--don't know of much other
As a note, there's no corn on a cob after harvested... :)
But, as louie noted, if it's dry grain, there's insufficient moisture to
effectively pop kernels. Regular corn doesn't pop all that well
anyway--it will pop if wet, but not nearly as well as popping corn.
Popping corns are specific varieties bred for the purpose.
Doubtful. Popcorn pops because it has a harder shell and due to the
water in the kernel. A quick rundown here:
More info here:
I still remember my Dad and his neighbors picking corn in the ear.
It was stored in the old corn cribs or in corn piles. The piles were
put on 1x12 boards. Cribbing was used as a round wall.
Farmers would get together to shell the corn. The grain was hauled to
town and the cobs put in a pile. Some of the cobs were put in a
building to keep them dry for use as fuel for a stove. The rest were
burned just to get rid of them as I remember.
I remember some of the corn was ground ear and all. It was then fed
to cattle. They got a little roughage along with the grain that way.
The old corn pickers are pretty much history in my area. Most farmers
combine the corn and haul in just the grain. The cobs stay out in the
Seed corn companies still harvest corn in the ear. They shell and dry
the corn in the processing plants. The cobs are processed for a number
of different things now:
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