What Eats Corn Stalks That Have Just Emerged Out of the Garden/Ground?

Black cutworms are caterpillars from a variety of species of night moths. They damage corn seedlings before they emerge from the ground by underground tunneling. They also cut off the seedling by eating it as it first emerges from the ground. Control black cutworms with insecticidal products such as carbaryl, cyfluthrin and permethrin, according to the University of Minnesota.

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