How does one detassel the corn when the tassels are well beyond reach, like on 8 ft tall corn plants? Do you risk bending the corn plant to reach the tassels, use apple pruners, use a reacher-grabber tool (like to get items from the top shelf), or say 'forget it'? Do you just jump higher?
I found out about corn detasseling stilts after creating this thread. Do any of you detassel tall corn plants this way? www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XSSBKGVck0 Youtube video: Corn Detasseling Stilts Posted by: IndianaStateMuseum
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2019 15:39:05 GMT -5 by Dewdrop
I don’t do a lot of detasseling but bag tassels and if they snap when I bend them, they don’t meet breeding criteria for selection against green snap. You could really just cut the plant off above where you think the ear will be, if you do it early enough and you accidentally cut the primary ear off, an ear likely will form at the next available node. I would cut between the nodes if you are unsure about the ear height. Node 6,7,8 from the ground are likely where the ear will be.
As one who used to do that in commercial fields, manual labor has now been replaced with mechanical. The tops are merely cut off. By the time the tassels have formed, the plants won't lose anything from the couple of leaves that may be lost.