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Missing corn silk

Maize (corn)    None Given

Something has taken off the silks from a number of ears. Silk just left to drop (in Australia). Suggestions please.


Posted by: Bernadine Wilde (1 point) Bernadine Wilde
Posted: December 18, 2016




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Deer can sometimes cause such damage. Deer are not native in Australia but are introduced http://adrf.com.au/content/view/35/79/

Purdue has a good page on damage https://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/fn...

I would obviously recommend scouting in the evening for signs of insects, deer or other pests.


Posted by: David Hughes (54 points) David Hughes
Posted: December 18, 2016




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Hi David, thanks for your reply. Definitely no deer in the area. Possums are a thought (we have ring tails and brush tails) but everything else has been left untouched (the upper ears are the ones being targeted and possums would have had to attack from the ground). The first thing I did was look for insect culprits but nothing visible. Someone has suggested birds, and there are lorikeets, galahs, rosellas and cockatoos in large numbers in our area but I've never seen any, anywhere near the vegie patch and I don't know if they would target silks. "Sigh"


Posted by: Bernadine Wilde (1 point) Bernadine Wilde
Posted: December 19, 2016


David Hughes commented,
I assume it is just a few corn plants in your veggie patch? A stick trap near the corn would help catching nocturnal insect pests for an ID*. My guess is its a vertebrate (mammal or bird). Since birds are not nocturnal then you should see them during the day. The mammals I would assume at night. like these. http://www.growell.co.uk/pest-control...
over 3 years ago.



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