and canola are broadleaf crops. All broadleaf crops are dicotyledons.
What is a dicotyledon? Di means two and a cotyledon is a
specialized leaf. As you can see, soybeans have two
cotyledons. For broadleaf crops, the cotyledons are used for
germination and early development of the plant.
corn and grain
sorghum are grassy crops
and are monocotyledons. What is a monocotyledon?
Mono means one and a cotyledon is a specialized leaf. For grassy crops,
the cotyledon is used below ground as a shield for the emerging shoot. The
endosperm also remains below ground and is the energy source for germination and early