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slifnom

06-02-2020 12:50:36




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I have tried sweet corn planting several years, but when the corn seems right the coon also think it is time! They always beat me to it. How do I discourage them? or?




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warbaby

06-03-2020 05:01:15




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
have you tried a scarecrow?



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Jim Phelps

06-03-2020 04:52:28




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
I put up two strands of electric fence, one low enough they can't crawl under and one more about 6' higher, they stop pretty quick.



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c.amick

06-02-2020 19:11:31




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
I catch them in live traps using cat food for bait, and then shoot and release. Probably should do it now before the problem starts.



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Traditional Farmer

06-03-2020 04:24:02




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to c.amick, 06-02-2020 19:11:31  
X2 especially need to get the females early before they multiply.I've caught 12 coons in the last 2 months they are also hard on chickens.If there is a creek or stream nearby that's a good place to trap as they travel along water.



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4520bw

06-02-2020 17:05:35




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
Like others said electric fence but the first night you put it up you need to be close by and listen to them squel.



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bcny

06-02-2020 17:05:21




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
Wire mesh fence with hot electric wire near the ground and another near the top.
I have seen groundhogs run right through normal 5 string electric fences. The fence chargers are pulsed, not constant live charge. Most of the time it is off. They learn to run through. Yes use the roundup to
keep the weeds from dragging down you charger.
That stops the raccoons and groundhogs. It needs to be 7ft tall to keep the deer out.

When the deer get a liking for corn they bite off the tips of the ears, like 3". Just as
much damage at the coons.

Then there is aerial attack, the geese can still fly in and chew up the young corn when 3-4".

So you end up with a $700 fence... I made mine big enough so I can work with the tractor in there.

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WW2N

06-02-2020 16:26:00




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
Ok here is your answer. Get 2 ripe road kill coons drag the cadavers around your corn plot in low slow gear then leave one coon at each end. Heat and moisture will keep the aroma going. Repeat as needed.



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flying belgian

06-02-2020 15:48:44




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
That's been a problem since the beginning of time.



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Ron W

06-02-2020 18:11:27




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to flying belgian, 06-02-2020 15:48:44  
Dead rotting coins do work well. I put them up on posts so that my dogs don't get into them.

If you have a small garden, dump your cat poop around it. The smell of a predator chases away all kinds of critters, even deer.



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Tom in Mo.

06-02-2020 15:43:21




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
Put small pans of a tablespoon of flybait and Coke or Pepsi and they will be piled up. Then you just have to do something with the dead coons.

Electric fence will work too.



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Dave F. 54

06-02-2020 15:05:24




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
What's fly bait ? Thanks Dave F.



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tjv

06-03-2020 04:28:54




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to Dave F. 54, 06-02-2020 15:05:24  
Golden marlin fly bait they love it but get smart to it on about the 3rd night in my experience. It does kill them before they get 50 feet away if they eat enough



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GordoSD

06-02-2020 14:06:57




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
One strand of e wire at 5 inch height, another at 12 inches mow and weed eat all weeds ownd first and apply roundup before you string the wire. Or flybait and pepsi in a flat tray.



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Jal-sd

06-02-2020 19:42:34




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to GordoSD, 06-02-2020 14:06:57  
Be sure you use a 110 volt weed chopper & make sure it's plugged in at all times.



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wgm

06-02-2020 14:05:55




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
I put an electric fence around the sweet corn. I have also used fly bait in about half a small bowl coil. Drops them where they stand.



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544hydro

06-02-2020 13:08:21




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
DP coon traps work great for me.



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Mark-IA

06-02-2020 13:08:17




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
couple strings of electric fence



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Cowboy2005

06-02-2020 12:58:21




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to slifnom, 06-02-2020 12:50:36  
You could buy a coon hound, or try trapping them. Just a thought.



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Gambles

06-03-2020 04:50:28




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to Cowboy2005, 06-02-2020 12:58:21  
"You could buy a coon hound"

This works well. Several years ago, my mom was having a problem with coons stealing her corn. Her patch wasn't too big, so I just tied my yellow lab by her garden for a few days. It kept all the coons away.



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rrman61

06-03-2020 09:29:15




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 Re: Sweet Corn in reply to Gambles, 06-03-2020 04:50:28  
With the coyotes we got here you might be putting a dog tied up with no chance to get away.coyotes have been known to make a meal of especially small dogs



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