Friday, August 28, 2009

Corn Borers! Gross!

Here's some yummy, fresh sweet corn. The malformed white tip is composed of unfertilized kernels. A poorly pollinated corn cob may be dominated by a broad band of these white, undeveloped kernels

See the cob lying on the ground? See the black spot? That's a baby corn borer. We scanned our ears for two signs of borer damage when we picked them. I was disappointed to see these signs on two of the four ears I brought home for dinner.
1) Worm hole in the husk
2) Frass (usually on the stalk end)
3) Worm!

It actually isn't a big deal at all. I just cut them out.

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