Checking out the Corn Patch

Posted by F&S

We have so much land at the farm and Martha thought it would be fun and delicious to plant a corn patch.  Half of the area was planted with sweet corn and the other half was seeded with popcorn.  We had high hopes for a bountiful harvest, however.....

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Say, Sharkey, let's check out the corn patch on our way down to deliver the kitchen scraps to the chickens.

1 Say, Sharkey, let's check out the corn patch on our way down to deliver the kitchen scraps to the chickens.

Oh, Franny, we've had so many problems with the corn patch this season.  First the crows ripped out so many plants and then the raccoons showed up and ate many, many ears of corn.

2 Oh, Franny, we've had so many problems with the corn patch this season. First the crows ripped out so many plants and then the raccoons showed up and ate many, many ears of corn.

And now it looks as though we have an entirely new intruder wreaking havoc on our patch of corn.

3 And now it looks as though we have an entirely new intruder wreaking havoc on our patch of corn.

I really don't like the looks of this at all!

4 I really don't like the looks of this at all!

Something is turning the tip of this ear into mincemeat!  And I don't mean that in a good way!  Yuck!

5 Something is turning the tip of this ear into mincemeat! And I don't mean that in a good way! Yuck!

And there's the culprit!  It's the larva of the moth Helicoverpa zea, commonly called the corn ear worm!  This thing is a major agricultural pest that also feasts on many other crops.  Just look what it's done to this beautiful ear of corn!

6 And there's the culprit! It's the larva of the moth Helicoverpa zea, commonly called the corn ear worm! This thing is a major agricultural pest that also feasts on many other crops. Just look what it's done to this beautiful ear of corn!

Fortunately, we can always trim off the ruined top, but still!  These worms are so aggressive that they will kill and eat other ear worms just so they can have the ear of corn all to themselves.  How rude is that?

7 Fortunately, we can always trim off the ruined top, but still! These worms are so aggressive that they will kill and eat other ear worms just so they can have the ear of corn all to themselves. How rude is that?

Sharkey, this side of the patch seems to be much healthier.  It was planted with popping corn and nothing seems to be nibbling here.

8 Sharkey, this side of the patch seems to be much healthier. It was planted with popping corn and nothing seems to be nibbling here.

Popcorn is one of the oldest types of corn, discovered thousands of years ago by Native Americans.  It became quite popular when it was discovered that the dried kernels would pop when heated.

9 Popcorn is one of the oldest types of corn, discovered thousands of years ago by Native Americans. It became quite popular when it was discovered that the dried kernels would pop when heated.

I don't know if ear worms like popcorn as much as sweet corn and since the ears have yet to form, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

10 I don't know if ear worms like popcorn as much as sweet corn and since the ears have yet to form, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Nasty little buggers!

11 Nasty little buggers!

Comments (13)

  • Hello ladies,
    What a shame about those darn corn worms. Is there something that can be done to get rid of them? I hope there is a solution for this problem. Keep us posted.
    Welcome back to the good old USA Delia. I hope you had a good time. I bet you missed us Glue Squad members along with Kittie, didn't you? What did every one do over the weekend? Was everyone well behaved or did we have a few problem children? Hehehehehe.
    I will check back in the morning to see what my buddies were up to over the weekend.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Dear F & S
    Sparkle here. Thank you on the Corn patch lesson. Young corn are called by the ears and those nasty thing that are attacking them are called corn ear worms. Thank god we dogs do not have ear worms in our ears or do we? Got to ask mom to check my ears now.. Bye

  • Franny and Sharkey, that's interesting about the corn used for pop corn. Our whole state had a bad year for corn because of the unusual weather.

    So just checking in, still can't get it together yet...Since one of my hubbies brothers died while we were on our trip, it has been hard getting back to normal.

    Yes Maddox we had a great time, and we saw so many dogs... :-)

    Got to run for a Dr. Appointment can't get rid of the edema.

    Kitty is so happy we are here, she is spending a great deal of time with us, pushing against our legs(she never did that before) we have a new visitor in our yard woods, a Coyote! Kitty is smart enough to stay out of it's way.

    Till later gang!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Ladies & Glue Squad Buddies,
    I am back to myself today with the migraine gone. I think it is a combo between Colo. weather, allergies and stress. Having someone to share "cc" time with always relaxed me, so when you all have "cc" time with your folks send me good vibs until the new pup arrives. Zoe, so glad Dad is doing well, and you mentioned Halloween, well it isn't too early for all my pals to start thinking of their costumes and planning. Rebel, this Arcola Broomcorn Festival sounds right up my alley--can hardly wait to hear of Mimi and Papa's adventure. Dudley, your weather has been very much like our's, not the norm. I think a good snow and frost is what we need. James Dean and Abby, dog parks and lounging, sound great, hope you had fun times. Cora Belle, those Chiweenies better stay away from our girl's porcupine if they know what is good for them. They don't want to cross that line with Cora Belle. Hope the maple bars and mochas were fun. And Sonya, you and I better slow down or migraines will be a regular thing. And Delia, not only is Kitty happy you are home, your Glue Squad awaits to hear of your adventures. Now, Chloe and Missy Chow, you need to get back on track and keep us posted on your adventures. Rosa, fun to hear from you and Pam how are things. Gail, how are you? Happy Monday to all, I guess you can tell I am feeling better and chatty.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello Again,
    Just call me goofy Lynn today. I loved the corn post, and know what it is like to have critters attacking the corn. We cannot grow it anymore because of corn smut and raccoons. I gave up a long time ago. Glad you girls are helping Mama M with the corn fields and keeping an eye on things. Just think of all that good popcorn and "cc" time and movies!!!
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hi ladies,
    Sorry about your corn worms. As far as the raccoons, Mimi says that you need some coon hunters and their dogs to get the coons for you. When Mimi was a girl they used to have great hunters dinners in the Fall. Yep, they ate raccoon. I'm not so sure about that....... She says the hunt was exciting with the dogs at full cry and running through the woods with the hunters and their big flashlights. The running through the woods at night was the hardest part. There could be a hole to step in, a log to trip over or a stream to slip & fall into. I think I'll just stick to city life, thank you very much! LOL
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    That was a short weekend if you ask me; Monday already. My Daddy really likes popcorn. I don’t care for the stuff at all. I guess that some would call me a picky eater. Only will eat certain things and don’t like to try anything new. Corn is on the list of “don’t like” and I won’t even try to like it. Sometimes they try to “slip” something by me like peas. I eat everything and spit the peas out. Then I have to drink plenty of water before I can get that taste out of my mouth. Just give me a good ole “milk bone” any day.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, So sorry to hear about so many problems in the corn patch at the farm! Sure would like to know how to get rid of those corn ear worms that are so awful! Guess you can eat the corn cobs when the bad part is cut off, but is it really safe?! The popcorn section looks pretty good, so far! Hope it stays safe! Delia, so glad you are back home and I understand why Kitty is staying so close to you because she missed you like crazy! Hope your edema goes away ASAP! Sorry to hear about your hubby's brother dying and my prayers are with you-hope you all get better! Sure hope that coyote doesn't hurt Kitty-we had one that killed a kitty in the yard next to us, yuk! Sonya, will be glad to see what you made soon! Maddox, our weather was hot and dry on Saturday and then cooler and was supposed to rain on Sunday, but it didn't yet and is supposed to rain today, also! Hope all of you have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning F & S

    That is such a shame about your corn - darn bugs. You need a few scarecrows in the field maybe that will help.

    Kirby Bear I hear ya just seems like mom came home Friday and now she's back to work already - weekends go WAY to fast.

    Yesterday was not fun mom decided that she was going to give me a bath. Of course I would not cooperate, mom was as wet as me! Maybe she'll get the hint and leave me alone, going to the groomer is bad enough but now she wants to wash me!! NOT.....

    I'm loving this cool weather I wish it would stay like this all year round.

    Zoe

  • Oh dear what a shame about the corn.

    Those worms are gross! Ick!

    Let's hope they don't feed off the popping corn plants.

    Maybe a 'Do Not Eat' sign may prove beneficial? hee hee..

    That's if worms can read!

    Have a happy Monday..
    gail

  • OMG. I am a psychic. I have ESP. Just last night I was thinking about our little friend Sparkle. I was wondering where she was and what she was up to and if she ws ever going to post again and then she showed up today. Hmmmm, I think there is something to this thinking stuff. I think I am going to keep thinking. What do you think?
    Hehehehehe
    Maddox

  • ..hi everybody..we don't grow corn here at the farm/ranch..too many critters get to it before us..Maddox, you are truly a psychic..Karen is lucky to have you!!..Gail, good idea on the do not eat sign..we animals can read!!Zoe, I bathe in the river..can't imagine Lucinda trying to wash me..gives me the creeps thinking about it, how is your dad coming along?..Dudley, this is my kind of weather, cool and refreshing...KIrby, I probably eat your share of popcorn..I love it with lots a butter..James and I snack on it when we watch tv at night..hmmm, Rebel, I am not sure about eating a racoon either, though, I do like barking at them..but they probably taste like chicken!..Lynn, glad the headache is gone..migraines are no fun..yesterday Lucinda had a reaction to one of her new pain meds..says she is throwing it out and hurting instead..headache..sick to her stomach..I nursed her..Delia, sorry about your loss and hope the dr. appt. goes well, and Kitty be careful around that naughty coyote..they can be trouble..Ivy, the Wonderdog (my idol and role model) hated them..would chase them...Sparkle, good to hear from you ..must go rest..had a little fainting spell in the kitchen this am, so Lucinda and James are watching me like a hawk..back off Lucinda and James, this old cattledog is tougher than you think!..love, Cora=Belle

  • Martha: The Daily Wag could be adapted to create such an adorable children's book. Please consider it, if you have not as yet. I LOVE the Frenchies and all their exploits. Makes my day!

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