Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Do you know when your sweet corn is ready to harvest?

Sweet Corn typically takes 21 days from the time each ear forms silk until it is ready to harvest. Each corn plant will form several ears over several days to a week. This may mean you will be harvesting over several days or all at once depending on the weather and heat units.

As harvest day approaches the silk will turn brown and dry out. You also should be able to feel the plump kernels through the husk. To make sure it is ready, strip down part of the husk and pierce a kernel with your finger nail. If white juice squirts out, the ear is ready to harvest. If the juice is clear, roll the husk back up and check it again in a day or two.

Once the corn is ready to harvest, don't wait. It is amazing how many gardeners decide to leave their corn until the next morning only to find the raccoons harvested their corn that very night.

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