Raccoon fence surrounding sweet corn patch. Foot model is Citygirlfriend.
Raccoons are the bane of every sweet corn grower. They can do an incredible amount of damage in a short time. They not only knock down and eat the corn; they also shred the husks and ears on many more. These ears are not saleable, of course.
I have fenced my sweet corn every year with limited success. I suffer perhaps an average of 20% damage. One year I left an unfenced test plot which experienced at least 80% damage.
I use a plug-in Parmak fence charger that runs an electric current through two wires placed about 7 and 13 inches off the ground.
This year has been amazing with no raccoon damage. What did I do differently?
I made the fence earlier. Instead of dragging my feet and waiting until the sweet corn was almost ready, this year I made it before the ears were even done pollinating.
Conditioning is a powerful tool in many animals. I think I conditioned the raccoons to avoid the field before the powerful allure of the sweet corn started. Other years I was conditioning the raccoons while they were beginning to nibble the delicious sweet corn.
Take another look at the above photo. Citygirlfriend and I have stumbled upon a handy relationship gauge, toenail polish color. Citygirlfriend prefers black. Early on, I communicated I don’t like black. So, Citygirlfriend began to communicate using toenail polish color.
When the relationship is rocky, black is the color of choice. When it’s smooth sailing, a brighter color is chosen. This saves a great deal of pesky talking time and I highly recommend this system for those of you in a relationship.
Conditioning is a powerful tool.