One ear of corn — it doesn't seem like it holds much value. Even though I'm a corn farmer who grows about 850 acres of corn, there is a lot of worth in one ear of corn. Let's do some math. If we take the whole farm into account, we plant on average 32,000 seeds per acre. 32,000 x 850 = 27.2 million corn plants. Just to keep things simple, let's say all the corn plants emerged and survived to harvest. In some soils we plant more corn, and some areas we plant less. But one still might wonder why I care about one single ear among 27 million. Here's more math.