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That's it. The towel is in. I quit growing corn.

Three out of four years now. Six foot high beautiful corn, so dark green it's almost black, just ready to start tasseling, and Voila!

Boom Boom! Rivers through the yard! Whoosh! And in one brief 30 second down burst of wind, an entire season of work is waste.

I've about had it with these thunderstorms and deluges of three inches in an hour here.

I quit. I'm never growing corn again. Unless I run snow fence along every row and staple it to the damn fence as it grows.

*yells* And who's the idiot that thought corn should grow seven or eight feet tall when they hybridized it!

End rant.

Have a big LOL! at life and luck, and a nice evening.

Now I'll have to run off all those nut job crop circle people that drive by and stop to get all spiritual and hippied out for the next month.

And all the college paleontology majors that think they discovered a Pterodactyl Nest.

And those pain in the ass lunatic Bigfoot Hunters that say to the driver "DUDE!" "Stop!" "There's a bed-down." And start making silly monkey yells and noises and clacking sticks together in the front yard at 2 in the morning.

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I want one. Talk about a silencer. There's probably a law

against it somewhere.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

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Only if you use Africanized bees

as ammo.

I wish.

My friend raises bees and I was thinking about if/how bees could be used as a "perimeter defense", from intruders, rabbits, or just if the local militarized pigs pick the wrong house by accident one night...

Now a gun a that shoots bees...

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

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You should start a bee

You should start a bee training school. I would pay for a nest of trained attack bees (hornets especially)!!

Beware the cult of "government"...

Well, me might live in an area with a firearm ordinance,

so that may not be an option.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Trap, skin and eat. Grass fed. Good eats.

Catch two, trade one to your butcher.

Free includes debt-free!

Try potatoes

Much more resilient, though picking is harder work if you don't have a plow.

Or plant the corn later, so it doesn't get too high until after thunderstorm season.

Sorry to hear you missed out on another harvest

We grow in raised beds in Southern Cali. and our two rows of corn actually acted as a trellis for our Giant Pink Champagne Tomato plants before we harvested last week lol. Now I'm having to use long 1" x 1" sticks and logs to hold up my Maters.

My heirloom strawberry tassled at 5 feet

I also have an heirloom yellow dent that is coming in short.
Might be that I have a lot of clay and it is stunted. But I seem to remember the supplier saying this was the height and so far the ears look great.

I too get lodging but I wet down the ground if it needs it and stand and tamp the corn. I have used sticks to prop them if they are bent and they seem to be able to recover.

Good luck.

Maybe you should grow it

Maybe you should grow it indoors. :-D

Naw, that sets you up for

a SWAT raid. Very dangerous.

Huh. I didn't know this could happen, being as

I'm from California where it doesn't rain during the summer. Every where else I've lived since is too cold and sunless for growing corn.

I hear ya' we just harvested

I hear ya' we just harvested our measly 12 corn plants and ate up the 20 or so wonderful ears last week. California does offer some benefits. Now if we could just get a sprinkle or two I'd jump with joy. So sorry about losing all that hard work O.P.

Just cut down those telephone poles.

One on each side of the stems.

Free includes debt-free!

Well, if you have any fences

Well, if you have any fences nearby, I would suggest growing a single row along it. Would obviously survive better there if you make sure its tied down.

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A downburst hit my sweet corn last year, too. Fortunately, most of it stood back up in a week or two, and I was able to harvest about 250 ears. I hope the sunshine resurrects some of your downed corn as well.

still hanging in...nearby

I'm growing Bloody Butcher. Ten feet tall now and probably headed to 12. Just starting to tassel. We've had some T-storms that bent some of it over a couple times, but I was always able to stand it back up and rehill. Fortunately, I think we're just sheltered enough that the pre-storm winds don't usually flatten the whole patch, like yours. We pay a little bit for that with lack of sunlight.

If I come up with some, maybe I can spare you a few ears, and you can try to convince me of the virtues of big government. ;)

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Ah that sucks, biomikedude

Ah that sucks, biomikedude what a shame :(

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