Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WARNING: Mature Audiences ONLY!

CORN SMUT!!!

What a name. Seriously, how can you have a disease with such a silly name and not laugh when you say it?


That nasty thing in my hand is an infected ear of Tex Cuban corn. I had a few of them catch this fungus this year. Not many, fortunately. We're still going to get a great harvest. Apparently, you can eat corn smut but I've passed on it thus far. (I know. I'm a hypocrite. I'll eat stink bugs but not a fungus. Well look... if stink bugs were named "perverto beetles," I don't think I'd eat them, mmkay?)

Of course, if I did eat the fungus, it would be a good way to reclaim the lost corn harvest.

Which reminds me: I need to write a survival plant profile on corn next week. This Friday I'm going to post one cayenne peppers... so stay tuned.

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3 Comments:

At August 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Cynthia (C.L) Lewis said...

That is seriously the name for the fungus? We had that on our corn two years ago but had no idea it had a name. Wow... I guess it is an accurate name as it is really kinda gross. I wouldn't eat it. I would rather eat bugs. (But only if I had to.)

 
At August 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Yeah. It's almost as disgusting as its namesake!

I had it pop up on a half-dozen corn plants this year - first time I've dealt with it on more than one ear. My bet is that the infection popped up because the land has been used for commercial corn growing and is next door to more corn fields.

 
At August 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM , Blogger SDH said...

You should eat it. Steve didn't wimp out.

 

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