Sweet corn crop ready early thanks to good growing season

By: Megan Peterson Email
By: Megan Peterson Email

You may have already starting seeing it at farmer's markets, being sold on the side of the road or at local stores: sweet corn is now for sale.

Thanks to the weather we've had, farmers say the sweet corn crop is ready a little early. Experts say this year's growing season is prime, and the opposite of what we saw last year.

"Every year is different I tell ya, you never know what you're gonna get," Co-owner of Klinger Farm Market, Bob Klinger said.

Bob Klinger and his family have been growing sweet corn for half a century.

"Our crops really look good. We've been getting a lot of rain. It's been a very good year for crops," Klinger said.

Thanks to the warm temps and adequate rainfall we've had this growing season, his home grown sweet corn is already for sale.

"This will be my first chance at it so I'm sure it'll be really good. It always is," Linda Brummond said as she shopped for sweet corn at Klingers.

He says now that the sweet corn is ready and in demand it will only take them about 10 days to pick an entire field of the crop.

"Earlier is better and it's going to start the selling season a little bit sooner," he said.

Agriculture Expert Jerry Clark says the timing of this year's crop is much different than that a year ago.

"Both years are kinda on each end, where we've had a very early spring plus a slow growing season last year so we're kinda on opposite ends of the spectrum these last two years," Clark said.

Despite a minor frost setback in early May, Clark says all crops and produce are growing ahead of schedule.

"We're about 300 growing degree units ahead of normal so that means those crops usually progress according to the heat units more so than the calendar," he said.

Both Klinger and Clark agree it's not too early. If you see sweet corn for sale, they say it's ready to be enjoyed.

"Consumers may be thinking it's too early, we'll wait. By then maybe the crop isn't at the high quality that they're expected," Clark said.

Thanks to the different plantings and varieties of sweet corn, Klinger says most places will probably have sweet corn for sale until it freezes in the fall.

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  • by myo Location: myanmar on Jul 16, 2010 at 09:29 PM
    thank you for your story.I will try for it.
  • by resident Location: eau claire on Jul 16, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    I dont know about anyone else, but, I purchased some sweet corn being sold along the road, and it was the most tasteless Ive ever had! The ears were small also, having been already bagged up by seller, so there wasnt a choice as to what we got. My favorite grocers corn, even though days old, and shipped in, has had excellent taste and size.
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