Is this corn or a weed? #212329 - Ask Extension


Is this corn or a weed? #212329

Asked September 14, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

Since I live within sight of a granary, I first thought I had corn growing in my bed of weeds but the seed head has white beads. This is the second new weed I have found this summer. The other was a creeping cucumber which wasn't unattractive but seems to be prolific.

Essex County Virginia

Expert Response

I believe it is grain Sorghum.

Wade Thomason Replied September 15, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT
Thank you so much.  I have never seen this thing before and given my zone 7 temperatures--is it odd that it popped up here?
The Question Asker Replied September 15, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT
Not at all.  It's a grain crop that has a tropical origin but is grown as far north at South Dakota in the US.  Grain Sorghum production has expanded in Virginia in the last few years and it's likely that a bird managed to bring the seed to your home garden
Wade Thomason Replied September 15, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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