Sweet corn damage

tom_nwnj(z6 NJ)August 20, 2010

We have 8 rows of sweet corn, maybe 300 plants. In the past 2 weeks we have lost maybe 100 ears of sweet corn. Damage is shown in pic below. I checked a few ears. Found many had a small insects in them, similar to dog fleas. I also found a few maggot/larva type insects, green in color, 1/2" to 3/4" long.

Anybody know what it is, what to do about it?

Hoping to hear of an organic fix, or treat the soil for next year.

Any ideas??

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Corn earworm for the blurry green thing, perhaps flea beetles for the "similar to dog fleas". Anything here that matches anything else?


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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Squeeze an eyedropper full of mineral oil in each ear for earworm control.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 6:30PM
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