I am getting ready to start my first corn field habitat base for a blue goose. I have looked through the tutorials and got some good ideas and searched the archives but still have a few questions. The first one is on the poly foam that I plan to use. I bought some dry tempera paint and read on it that you can mix it with the foam. In all my searching, I have not found anyone that has done this. Good idea or not? The second question has to do with the corn stalks. The farmers in my area are just starting to harvest the corn and I would like to dig up a few cut stalks for this base. I have read a lot of different opinions about how to go about this and they all seem to be different. Some say that all you have to do is dry them. Oven? Naturally? Others say they spray them with some kind of pesticide. Still others say just to spray them with a sealer or matte finish clear spray. Is there a preferred method that will last for a long time? I have only done bird taxidermy for 2 years and everyone that I have done birds for seems very happy with my work so far. I am concerned that I will damage my reputation if I do not make sure I do this properly. Thanks for the help.