Poor Sweet Corn Quality. - Knowledgebase Question

Canandaigua, NY
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Question by hatsheput63
January 20, 2001
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 from NGA
January 20, 2001
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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