September 10th, 2012
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.....
1 Say, Sharkey, let's check out the corn patch on our way down to deliver the kitchen scraps to the chickens.
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.
3 And now it looks as though we have an entirely new intruder wreaking havoc on our patch of corn.
4 I really don't like the looks of this at all!
5 Something is turning the tip of this ear into mincemeat! And I don't mean that in a good way! Yuck!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
11 Nasty little buggers!
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