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First year trying corn and we've had some hard luck!
I don't know what this is - but it's scary!!!! Anybody know what this is???




Further, it's looks like 'coons got the good corn!
 

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Wow, lanchester, you were right on it! That looks like it. Being new to growing corn, never seen it before. One concern is that it says the spores that are released can reside in the soil for years.


Do you agree that it looks like 'coons got the good ears? All my good ears are shredded and stripped like the one in the picture.
 

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Nasty looking stuff!! It has been a rough year for corn at my place also. I tried a *new special hybrid* and to make a long story short I have stalks that are about waist high and cobs about as big as my finger. Really is pathetic looking.
 

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Wow, lanchester, you were right on it! That looks like it. Being new to growing corn, never seen it before. One concern is that it says the spores that are released can reside in the soil for years.

Do you agree that it looks like 'coons got the good ears? All my good ears are shredded and stripped like the one in the picture.

i googled it for similar images.
 

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BTW, I would venture a guess by your name I'm probably not that far from you - pretty close to the county line. No where near Limerick!
 

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Rabbit410 said:
Do you agree that it looks like 'coons got the good ears? All my good ears are shredded and stripped like the one in the picture.
I've visibly witnessed squirrels shred corn just how that is shredded. A lot of the coons I've seen eating the corn they pull the stalk down then tear it apart.
 

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BTW, I would venture a guess by your name I'm probably not that far from you - pretty close to the county line. No where near Limerick!

strasburg an quarryville area....grew up in the in the ville of chesco.
 

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Went out and looked at this again this morning. It is just as the article says, and some of the nodules have already popped - so that means spores!
Cut the plant off, bagged it and disposed of it! I don't know if burning it would be better to kill the fungus? Got to check into a fungicide.

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I've visibly witnessed squirrels shred corn just how that is shredded.
Gettin me an air rifle!

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... in the ville of chesco
There is only one 'ville in chesco - and it ain't Phoenix! (My alma mater - and not ashamed of it!
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Yeah, I'm east of you.
 

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Do you know that people in Mexico actually eat that fungus? It is called corn smut.
 

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John S said:
Do you know that people in Mexico actually eat that fungus? It is called corn smut.

Corn smut is also known as cuitlacoche in Mexico and South America, where it is served as a delicacy.
Maize Mushroom! Unbelieveable!

Cuitlacoche
Right now, the only fungi I eat are mushrooms, beer, and bread. That's right. Beer and bread contain fungi.
One man's fungus is another man's delicacy?!
 

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Rabbit410 said:
John S said:
Do you know that people in Mexico actually eat that fungus? It is called corn smut.

Corn smut is also known as cuitlacoche in Mexico and South America, where it is served as a delicacy.
Maize Mushroom! Unbelieveable!

Cuitlacoche
Right now, the only fungi I eat are mushrooms, beer, and bread. That's right. Beer and bread contain fungi.
One man's fungus is another man's delicacy?!
Rabbit,

Are you refering with the Crazy smiley about the comment in quotes on the beer and bread?

If so, they are refering to yeast
 

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No, I was referring to the corn fungus. I did know that about the yeast.
BTW, I live in southern Chester Co where mushrooms are big business! And I do enjoy them!
I think it's the appearance of the corn fungus that kind of turns me off. I mean this stuff looks like something out of a sci-fi!
 

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I think it's the appearance of the corn fungus that kind of turns me off. I mean this stuff looks like something out of a sci-fi!
No, this stuff looks like it should be in a different can, you know, the porcelain kind....
 

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No, I was referring to the corn fungus. I did know that about the yeast.
BTW, I live in southern Chester Co where mushrooms are big business! And I do enjoy them!
I think it's the appearance of the corn fungus that kind of turns me off. I mean this stuff looks like something out of a sci-fi!

We find ears of sweet corn every hear and there in the sweet corn patch here in Dauphin County each year...

We always knew it was a Fungus and really never gave it much thought....and surely did not think anything out of sci fi!

Thing that gets me is, if the spores fall to the ground then get on the corn growing next year....Why doesn't it affect ALL of the corn in the field?

In our 3 acre field, it is just a few here and there!
 

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Maybe it's like the flu - it's all around but only a few get it really bad?

Shhhhhh, don't tell the gubmint - they'll insist on mandatory immunizations!
 

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... in the ville of chesco
There is only one 'ville in chesco - and it ain't Phoenix! (My alma mater - and not ashamed of it!
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Yeah, I'm east of you.[/quote]



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