Walnut Creek, CA
|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?
|Answer from NGA
July 11, 2000
|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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