Hybridization is the process of crossing two plant species or varieties. In this case, two varieties of plants. In plant breeding, crossing is a very useful technique to improve the features of the offspring. For example, if a maize corn variety has lost yield over the years, it can be crossed to a variety with a higher yield and the offspring will also have a higher yield.
In order to cross these two varieties, the male needs to be sterile. Why is that? I don't understand how the process works and I cannot find the reason anywhere. The answer should be pretty basic, and I think I am missing something that everybody assumes I should know.