Corn Plants
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stalks growing off sides of corn

Zone Orange County, California | want2bfarmer added on May 9, 2015 | Answered

My sweet corn that I've been growing seems to have these separate stalks growing off the sides of the plant. I'm sure they're not ears of corn but stalks. My question being, should I be removing these additional growths or leave them be? As a note, I have already done so, but they just grow right back.

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shelley
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Answered on May 9, 2015

I have linked to an article below that will explain why these tillers or "suckers" are happening. The recommendation is to leave them be as there is no evidence to suggest that they impact corn yield and they "may" actually produce ears of corn themselves.

http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/articles.03/Tillers-0623.html

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