Pretty good rant, as rants go! From my readings.... they say forget the suckers, they won't hurt yield... mind you, just reading stuff on the net from a myriad of sources. I also read that different varieties should not be planted together, as cross pollination can result in lower quality and in some cases, less sweet corn that what might be expected, like the super sweets. I've had some of my hot pepper plants cross pollinate, and the hybrid variety was only evident in the next generation of harvested seed... and resulted in lower yields, although some of the hybrid peppers were interesting.... I have this very rare pepper... called a Calico, similar to Bolivian Rainbows, cross pollinate with a Habenero. Poor fruit production from the hybrid seeds, but it did learn me some about plant spacing... those Calico seeds are rare, and I want to keep a pure strain going. Again, just stuff I read, so I'm certainly not saying anything but what a parrot might!