Ask a Question forum: Corn damage, what is the pest??

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Jun 22, 2016 6:44 PM CST
I live in Charlotte, NC and planted luscious F1 sweet corn. It's been doing great, tassels are up and ears just started forming and today one of my plants was eaten through the side to the point of breaking. Another has damage as if something is eating into the side where an ear is just forming. Can anyone tell me what is doing this? The black spots are where ants have discovered the damage.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 22, 2016 7:22 PM CST
With holes that big, I would suspect deer.
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Jun 23, 2016 6:34 AM CST
Ditto, deer Welcome!

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