March 20, 2019 / By Rupp Seeds
Corn tillering is most likely to occur under low plant populations when fertility and moisture is plentiful early in the season. Tillers can also develop when the main stem of the corn plant is damaged by severe climatic or other conditions like; hail, frost, wind, flooding, insects, herbicides, animal traffic or tractor tires during the first half of the growing season. Research shows that tillers have no negative impact on corn yield and may even contribute to the yield potential of corn silage or grain under certain conditions. Learn more in this issue of SeedScoop.