Sweet Corn Delay


Ames, IA (RI)– It appears Iowans won’t be able to enjoy Iowa-grown sweet corn anytime too soon. Ajay Nair, with the horticulture department at Iowa State University, says it’s usually available by Independence Day.

But, the cool weather this spring slowed the growth of many vegetables and the projected picking date for sweet corn is about a week behind schedule.

However, sweet corn may be ready slightly earlier than that in some areas of the state. Nair says recent cloudy and rainy conditions have also slowed the growth of much of Iowa’s sweet corn.

This marks the second consecutive year that sweet corn has been late in arriving in Iowa. Last year, record rainfall delayed planting and in some areas, sweet corn wasn’t available until late July.

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