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Sweet corn damage

Posted by tom_nwnj z6 NJ (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 20, 10 at 8:08

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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RE: Sweet corn damage

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

tj


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RE: Sweet corn damage

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


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