Is it possible to start corn indoors and transplant outside?
You could start them indoors and set the container out, but make sure to harden them off first (acclimate them).
When my sweet corn is growing, sometimes the plants develop what appears to be 'suckers' or secondary stalks on either side of my central stalk. Is that normal? What should I do? I've heard I can prune those back and that they take energy from the central plant.
Yes, it's normal and yes, you can snap them off.
My flower gardens are next to a cornfield. Last fall my gardens were ravaged by corn rootworm beetles that came in from the cornfield. Do you have any suggestions for control in case it happens again? I know the best control is crop rotation, but I have no control over the farmer who grows corn year after year.
It is likely root maggots. This article will help:
We are growing corn for the first time. I was told to clip off the side shoots at the bottom of the plant. Is this recommended?
I have never heard of this before. This article will help with growing corn: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/corn/how-to-grow-corn.htm
I had about 60 corn plants last year, and didn't harvest one. The squirrels ate it all. What can I do to prevent this? I do not want to use chemicals or pesticides. Any tips would be very appreciated.
This article will help:
Just to try, I planted 2 corn seeds and after they sprouted and got about a foot or so tall, I put them in a 20-inch pot on my screened in patio. It's about 5' tall now and has been attacked harshly by this worm-caterpillar that leaves a yucky, thick yellow something that kinda looks like oatmeal. I sprayed an organic spray and it didn't phase it. Sprayed w/Sevin pesticide and I thought it solved the problem, but as soon as a new ear w/silk emerged, it was again attacked. What could this worm be and how do I get rid of it? I live in Florida and want to plant 3 seeds this time and start over but not till I can control this nuisance.
The corn earworm pest, also known as tomato worm, is the most common
garden enemy with regards to corn. Apply 5 drops of mineral oil or corn oil (apply only once) to corn ear tips when the silks begin to turn brown. If the eggs and larvae survive this barrier, use a knife to cut off affected ear tips before cooking. Most of the remaining ear will be clean and very edible. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/corn-earworm-control.htm
I had 9 great looking 3-4 foot tall rows of corn and today we had a big storm and the wind blew down 99. 9% of it! Do I just leave it or try to stand it up?
Try to stand it up. It may not recover, but it will definitely not recover if left laying down. If you stand it up, it has a chance that it will be able to still grow normally, though it will need to be propped up until harvest.