The Q&A Archives: Harvesting Corn

Question: How can I tell when my corn is ready to be picked?

Answer: Corn is usually ready to harvest three weeks after corn silks appear. You can check your ears for ripeness by pulling back part of the husk and piercing a kernel with your thumbnail. If a milky juice spurts out, the ear is ready to harvest. If not, replace the husk and check again in a day or two. A completely dry silk or a yellow or faded-green sheath means the ear is past its prime.

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