Master gardener Everett Price is harvesting sweet corn and cantaloupe along with blackberries, peppers, tomatoes and what looks to be the last of the cucumbers in his garden this week.
During the harvest of the corn, Price came across some ears that had beetles, probably Japanese beetles, inside. An appearance of the beetles in corn would be unusual, extension agent Rebecca McMahon said.
Price simply cuts off the end that has been damaged by either beetles or corn earworm and eats the rest of the ear. His garden is organic, so he wouldn’t use a chemical on the corn; a chemical wouldn’t reach inside the husks anyway, McMahon said.