When to bag shoots:
Begin scouting for and bagging young ears, called shoots, when
tassels begin to emerge. To find shoots, look for husk leaves along
the stem where silks will soon begin to emerge from the tiny ears. Learning to identify and bag ears is essential to the
hand-pollination process. Once silks are visible, they may already
be contaminated with foreign pollen, so it is vital that ears are
bagged before silks emerge.