Look at all those tillers. If I had a dollar for every tiller in the Blank Slate, by my estimates I’d over a million dollars. 30,000 plants times 60 acres times a tiller or two per plant.
So the question is “what kind of yield impact do tillers have?”
Some argue that tillers take away nutrients and water from the main stem. While that is certainly true to some degree, if the field doesn’t have an abundance of nutrients and likely water, tillers don’t form to start with.
Others say that the tillers give up the nutrients later in the season as the main ear develops. For me, I see how seed companies pick which genetics to advance. They choose them primarily on yield, so if a particular hybrid puts on tillers more commonly than another it doesn’t really bother me.