Is this corn or a weed?

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

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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?

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