What is destroying my corn overnight?

Asked July 17, 2018, 1:41 PM EDT

I’m really frustrated today. Went outside to check on my corn and about 1/4 of my corn was chopped off right at the base, within about 4 inches of the ground. Some are cut straight through and then left laying on their sides. Only the tender inside have been eaten. I know it’s not deer imo since I have a 9 foot fence surrounding the yard. But I’m thinking, raccoons, rabbits, or squirrels (maybe). Any thoughts or suggestions in what to do? I’ve put an enormous amount of work in. I have four rows of corn, each 39 feet in length. I really don’t know what to do. Help!

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

It is possible you may have several problems such as wildlife and/or possible caterpillars, we cannot say for sure. All you can do is scout and look for the culprits.

There are no easy solutions to wildlife issues.
Wildlife such as groundhogs and/or rabbits will feed on the plants. Here is our website on them and possible solutions. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/wildlife-vegetables

Look around the base of the plants and soil for caterpillars such as climbing cutworms. You may need to go out at night and scout with a flashlight.
Here is our website and management https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/cutworm-vegetables

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