Note the shorter corn in the corner of the field where deer have fed during the season. A closer look shows a menagerie of damaged corn plants.
But look at those ears! These plants found a way to produce normal ears even with a tremendous amount of damage due to deer feeding.
Ears short in stature with plenty of empty cob on top were common in the area where deer fed on corn, causing damage before, during and after pollination.
Several plants refused to give up, producing these doorknob-shaped ears with a few kernels each, despite significant deer feeding.
OPEN DOOR TO DISEASE
This deer-damaged corn illustrates how easily any kind of injury exposes ears and kernels to secondary infection by various fungal diseases.
This isn’t Indian corn; it’s regular corn damaged by deer feeding. Note the purpling on stalks without ears. One theory is that with no place to go with sugars produced by the plant, it leads to purple or red discoloration of stalks and leaves.