Growing Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Brea, CA
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Question by gdack
June 14, 1998
I'm growing sweet corn. The stocks are about 5' tall. How do I know when the corn is ready for picking?

Answer from NGA
June 14, 1998
Three weeks after corn silks appear, start checking ears for peak ripeness. Pull back part of the husk and piece a kernel with your thumbnail. If "milk" spurts out, they're ready to eat. If not, replace the husk, wait a few days, and test again. The flavor of corn is best when it's freshly picked and eaten. If you have a lot of corn ready at one time, pick and refrigerate to slow the maturation process so the corn will remain tender and tasty.

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