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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/6/2011, 10:54 pm

my corn is doing well.....today i went out and found that one of my corns is growing an extra stock....leave it or cut it off?

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Re: ??what to do if a corn stock grow's an extra stock??

Post  Goosegirl on 7/7/2011, 8:47 am

They're called Suckers. My dad always broke them off so they didn't take energy from the main plant, some people insist they should be left on so breaking them off doesn't shock the main plant. Sorry, not much help!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/7/2011, 10:13 am

thank you for the reply Very Happy

since i have only found just this one so far.....i think i will leave it and see what happens Very Happy

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Post  Denese on 7/7/2011, 12:16 pm

I've read that in years past, they were taken off to increase yield. But in more recent studies, they've found when left on they actually increase yield. Can't say where I read it, cause it was a couple years back. So, I leave mine on. Very Happy

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Post  bev on 7/7/2011, 12:28 pm

We call them "tillers" and leave them on. Once upon a time my FIL decided my garden was not as it should be and one thing he did was remove all the tillers. Next day the corn all fell over.

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Post  Denese on 7/7/2011, 2:03 pm

This is a really good article on tillers (suckers) on corn, from Perdue University. Basically, it says they're neutral.

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

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Post  Kelejan on 7/7/2011, 2:12 pm

@bev wrote:We call them "tillers" and leave them on. Once upon a time my FIL decided my garden was not as it should be and one thing he did was remove all the tillers. Next day the corn all fell over.

lol! lol! Oh dear! My warped sense of humour (humor)?

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Post  boffer on 7/7/2011, 4:45 pm

I've always left them on; sometimes they produce an extra ear. Here's one plant from last year that produced, I think, 4 tillers.


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Post  bev on 7/7/2011, 8:00 pm

@Kelejan wrote:
@bev wrote:We call them "tillers" and leave them on. Once upon a time my FIL decided my garden was not as it should be and one thing he did was remove all the tillers. Next day the corn all fell over.

lol! lol! Oh dear! My warped sense of humour (humor)?

It didnt seem that funny at the time but I've gotten past it. Laughing

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