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There’s more than meets the eye in a field of growing corn. One way to look behind the scene is to consider the cornfield as a complex and constantly changing community. It is a manufacturing community, with many thousands of "factories" per acre. Every corn plant is a factory that produces dry matter. The corn plant is one of the most efficient factories in the world!
Iowa State University. Cooperative Extension Service
Agricultural Education | Agriculture
Hanway, John J., "How a corn plant develops" (1966). Special Report. 38.