When To Harvest Sweet Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Walnut Creek, CA
Question by bonnie1
July 11, 2000
We planted sweet corn for the first time this year, and we're not sure how to tell when it's ready to harvest. Any tips?


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Answer from NGA
July 11, 2000

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Knowing exactly when to harvest corn is as much an art as it is a science. Seasoned gardeners begin checking for peak ripeness three weeks after corn silks appear by pulling back part of the husk and piercing a kernel with a thumbnail. If a milky juice spurts out, the corn is ready for harvest. If not, the husk is replaced and and the ear is allowed to mature for a few more days. Hope you have a terrific harvest!

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