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Growing Sweet corn, also maize

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02 Dec 18 Wayne cronin (Australia - temperate climate)
In the past I have grown sweet corn but the cobs get attacked by an orange beetle with black spots, (pumpkin beetle)? They attack through the silks. How do I deter these beetles before they start please?
06 Dec 18 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I think you may have
07 Dec 18 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I think you have lady bug/bird/beetles. They are good.
03 Dec 18 Paula (Australia - arid climate)
Hi Wayne, You could try planting your corn seeds in pots and putting them in a greenhouse or a shade clothed area. That's how I'm growing mine this year. Hope this helps.
02 Dec 18 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A simple way would be to place a small cover/bag/sock/plastic bag with a few small holes (???) over them to stop the beetle getting in there. You can go on the internet and find fruit bags from China. Cost about 20c each - have to wait for about 2-3 weeks to receive them.
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