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suckers that grow at the bottom of corn stalks

Zone Memphis, Tn | tavenorsr added on May 20, 2015 | Answered

What about the suckers that grow at the bottom of some corn stalks? Should the suckers be removed so that the main stalk gets all the nutrients?

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shelley
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Answered on May 20, 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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