As many of you all already know, growing sweet corn is no easy task, even when using conventional pesticides and fertilizers; and the task becomes even more difficult when you mirgrate from conventional techniques and into the realm of organic farming. Corn has a ravenous appetite for nutrients, meaning that a crop of corn zaps the soil of nutrients, meaning that the farmer has to ensure the sufficient nuitrients are put back into the soil, at One Straw we use compost as our natural fertilizer. Even beyond the plants difficult needs, corn is the premier breeding ground for the infamous corn earworm, which lays its larvae within the ears of corn and will eat away at the corn as it matures. At One Straw we recently began implements a natural measure of biological control by releasing trichogramma wasps into the cornfield. Trichogramma wasps are tiny wasps (less than 1mm in length) the parasitize the corn earwom larvae by laying their eggs within the egg of the corn earworm. The wasp larvae then eat the larvae of the corn earworm instead of the corn itself, neutralizing the pending damage the corn earworm would have done to the plant. The use of trichogramma wasps is a good, natural way to control the outbreak of corn earworms in a field, without the use of pesticides that have proven to be degrading to our natural environment. Hopefully the wasps will be effective enough so that when you all go to shuck your ears of corn you are not presented with a little insect surprise that got to your veggies before you could.