Suckering Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Billie Holt
Ellijay, GA
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Question by washblue
June 19, 1999
My Silver Queen corn is forming rank suckers on each side of the main stem at ground level. I am inclined to want to remove these suckers.

Is there anything to be gained by the removal of this vegetative growth?

Answer from NGA
June 19, 1999
It isn't a good idea to cut the suckers or side-stems from corn stalks. You may damage the roots. The suckers actually serve as anchors to the stalks, helping keep them upright if the tassles become waterlogged and a strong wind blows. There's really nothing to be gained by removing the suckers and they won't harm production, so why not leave them to grow?

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