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Local sweet corn on its way

Local sweet corn could be on sale in the next two to three weeks, farm markets say.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 28, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.

Local sweet corn won’t be here for Fourth of July cookouts, but its season is in sight.

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,

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