Hungry for sweet corn? One grower gets the jump, but season looks good
Posted: 06/28/2013 at 3:00 pm
By: Rebecca Kraybill
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Sweet corn and Bullard’s go hand in hand in Elkhart county. Kevin Bullard, as he has for about 30 years, checks sweet corn in a field east of Elkhart on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Kevin Bullard walks through a field of sweet corn on the Bullard family farm Friday, June 28, 2013. Bullard is expecting local sweet corn will be ready for harvest in two to three weeks. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Under these three piles of corn silk are three ears of Bullard’s sweet corn. The corn, photographed Friday, June 28, 2013, should be ready to eat in two to three weeks, according to Kevin Bullard. Bullard has been raising sweet corn in Elkhart County for about 30 years. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
An ear of sweet corn sits on a corn stalk Friday, June 28, 2013, in a field of Bullard’s sweet corn. According to Kevin Bullard, local sweet corn will be ready for eating in two to three weeks. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
This image shows a tassel on top of a sweet corn plant in a field of Bullard’s sweet corn east of Elkhart on Friday, June 28, 2013. According to Kevin Bullard locally grown sweet corn will be ready to eat in two to three weeks. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
If all goes well, sweet corn could be on sale in two to three weeks, local farm markets say.
Sweet Corn Charlie’s, which has a farm near Millersburg and stands throughout the county, is an exception. The business sold its first corn of the season on Friday, June 28. The early season is made possible by growing techniques involving plastic tunnels.
“The corn was delayed a little bit,” owner Tami Mohler said. “But we’re in our average ballpark.”
Besides Charlie’s, most markets won’t see corn for several weeks.
At Kercher Sunrise Orchards in Goshen, the corn season is “looking good,” Richard Jones, partner with the orchard, said.
“We’ll probably see corn the week of July 15 or 22, depending on weather,” Jones said.
Jones said hot days and cooler nights will help the season approach faster. Kercher’s will set the market price for corn once the season starts.
At Bullard Farm Market at C.R. 17 and Middlebury Street, the crop is in “full silk,” according to owner Kevin Bullard.
Bullard said he expects corn to be ready around July 15 or 17. Compared to last summer, when a drought hurt the corn harvest, this year’s weather is promising, he said.
“We’ve had plenty of rain,” Bullard said. “The ground is nice and black and able to hold moisture.”
Bullard said the market will set corn prices once the crop is harvested.
Reports suggest the season will be a successfull one.
“Corn condition is rated 73 percent good to excellent compared with 37 percent last year at this time,” according to a report by the NASS field office at Purdue University,