A modified SDS–Trizol method was optimized for isolation of total RNA from the stored maize seeds at regular interval of one month for 4 months. Use of SDS extraction buffer before the use of Trizol reduced the co-precipitation problem associated with high carbohydrate content in the seed. Recorded mean RNA yield from seeds across the storage intervals was 978.6 ± 65.46 ng/µl. Average spectrophotometric values (A260/280) of isolated RNA varied from 1.974 ± 0.033 to 1.998 ± 0.022. Attempts to isolate RNA from green leaves using Trizol method also ensured comparable quality and quantity of the isolated RNA. RNA yield from fresh leaves was recorded 1008.2 ± 77.088 ng/µl which is slightly higher than the mean RNA yield from seeds across months. Observed mean A260/280 values of isolated RNA were 1.984 ± 0.030. DNase treatment further improved the A260/280 ratio in both seeds (2.003 ± 0.006) and leaves (2.012 ± 0.037). High quality and quantity along with integrity of the isolated RNA was ensured through downstream analysis after RNA extraction such as first-strand cDNA synthesis and normal PCR. Extraction of RNA from the stored seeds using modified SDS-based Trizol method and from fresh leaves using Trizol method opened new possibility of understanding role of key genes involving developmental steps especially in the stored seeds.