Vol. 56 No. 3, January 19
The Corn-Root Worm.
write you in regard to the corn question. I would like
to know if angle-worms damage corn.
years ago I came to the conclusion that I could raise
double the number of bushels of corn that I was then
raising. I then commenced experimenting on a small
scale. I succeeded very well for the first three or four
years. I got so that I could raise over ninety bushels
per acre. In one year I got a few pounds over 100
bushels per acre. Three years ago my crop began to fail,
and has continued to fail up to the present year, with
the same treatment. Last year it was so bad that I
concluded to examine the roots of the corn plants. I
found both angle-worms and grubs in the roots. This year
I went into a thorough examination and found nothing
there but angle-worms, with a wonderful increase. They
were right at the end of the stalk where the roots were
thick, but the worms thicker.
at first seems to do very well, but long before the
grain gets ripe the leaves begin to get dry and the
stalks commence falling. The consequence is that over
one-half the corn is loose on the cob and the ears very
short. I am entirely headed in the corn line. Is it the
angle-worms? If so, what is the remedy? I plant my corn
every year on the same ground. I allow no weeds to grow
in my cornfield. Farmers can not afford to raise weeds.
I remove all weeds and put corn in their