Rock 104 (Ft. Wayne, IN) might not consider this to be a ringing endorsement and maybe it won't turn out the way we're hoping, but we've just got to do something before the raccoons decimate our first sweet corn crop in three years.
|All tasseled out and heavy with pollen!|
When Romie informed me that our sweet corn patch had had visitors last night, I knew it meant the raccoons had found it. So much for my bragging just this week that in all the time we've grown sweet corn here, that we'd never had a serious problem with coons. A few ears here and there, but no big deal. Until now.
|As cute as they are, I'm not willing to share my sweet corn with the raccoons.|
Photo from Wikimedia Commons/D. Gordon E. Robertson
With all the rain, unfortunately, we've let the grass get out of hand in the corn, but that allowed us to see just where the coons had been. They were fairly picky about what they wanted to snack on and all told, they got about 10 ears on this go-round. They also knocked over a few stalks that still had intact ears on them, which I uprighted.
|He didn't even finish his meal!|
|What a waste...|
So we pondered what to do about it. There are various methods for keeping raccoons out of the corn, and we decided to put a radio in the middle of the patch, along with a light, and we're blasting Rock 104 all night long. We'll see if our raccoons are headbangers or not.
|The radio and a trouble light are both hung from shepherd's hooks in the middle of the corn patch.|
|Ironically, "Midnight Rider" was playing on the radio when we first turned it on.|
Next year, I think we'll invest in an inexpensive electric fence for the corn patch to keep the thieves out. All this corn be OURS!