Answer: It was probably mice or voles that ate the corn seed, unless you saw birds picking at it. Crows in particular like fresh corn seed. To keep the critters out of your garden this year I'd sprinkle some crushed egg shells in the corn rows next to the seedwhen planting and I'd treat the seed with sulfur to make it less appealing to the animals and also help prevent any rotting to occur. You could also apply moth balls or other animals repellents around the area to make it less appealing to the animals. Chances are this year you won't have the problem due to population shifts in the wild animals from year to year.
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