Battle begins to save sweet corn from earworm

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By Taylor JamisonK-State Extension

Many home gardeners understand a sad truth about the corn earworm: the little critter loves sweet corn just as much as humans do.It creates a yearly battle to fight back the pesky insect. The adult corn earworm moth lays eggs on developing corn silks and as soon as the eggs hatch, larval cornworms go to work.“Feeding starts at the tip of the ear and works down,” said Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham.Corn earworms feed on each other as ...

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