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New stalks sprout from the crown (this is called ratooning) after a harvest.
The ridge-ditch system can allows for the use of direct seedling, ratooning, and zero-cultivation method of rice planting.
However, ratooning ability has little value in most areas where non-irrigated sorghum is grown.
In irrigated tropical zones with a year-round growing season such as Hawaii, it is possible to harvest three grain crops a year from one sorghum planting by using varieties with good ratooning ability.
However, forage sorghums take good advantage of ratooning, since they are harvested well before maturity, usually at the early heading stage.
In ratooning the plant, only one sprout ought to be allowed to grow, and this from those most deeply rooted; all other sprouts ought to be destroyed.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
This sprouting of cane from the stools of the last crop is termed "ratooning."
In Louisiana it is usual to plant once in three years, trusting to the ratooning for two crops only, and this was the practice on Mr.R. 's plantation.