The Q&A Archives: Poor Sweet Corn Quality.

Question: WE are unable to produce sweet corn that is big enough to eat,or even more than one ear per stalk. We think that the soil may play a part in this problem,but don't know what it could be,or what we can do.....
Any help is appreciated,thankyou.

Answer: Despite the size of the plant, many corn varieties naturally only produce one ear per stalk, so that may be normal -- for more, you need to select a variety noted for that quality. Corn requires a rich soil and moisture during the growing season. Ph can also be important. I would suggest you contact your county extension (394-0377) for help in testing your soil and interpreting the results with growing sweet corn specifically in mind; you might also ask them which varieties they suggest for your soil and short growing season. Finally, make sure you are growing a large enough patch of corn to assure pollination. Good luck with this year's crop!

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