Ripe Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Northridge, CA
Question by ebin
June 17, 1998
I opened an ear of corn and found the kernels were not fully matured. There was still a nub on the ends of the kernels were the silk had been attached. The kernels were probably ? to ? the proper size. Would you have any idea how much longer it will take to be fully ripe? I hate to keep wasting an ear to check for ripeness.


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Answer from NGA
June 17, 1998

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You should start checking corn for ripeness about three weeks after the silks appear. The silks will look dry and brown. Instead of picking the ear of corn, gently pull down the husk and press a kernal with your thumbnail. If milky juice spurts out, the corn is ready to harvest. If not, carefully replace the leaves of the husk so the ear can continue to mature.

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