Minnesota farmers are expecting a bumper sweet corn crop this summer


Favorable weather conditions will mean an abundance of Minnesota-grown sweet corn will hit the shelves in the coming weeks.

The right mixture of sun and rain this summer has left sweet corn farmers happy and predicting a bumper crop this season, according to WCCO.

"This is just about perfect," Reid Gysland, of the Gysland Brothers farm near Jordan, told the TV station. "It's been pollinated well, it's filled out really nice, good moisture content. And filled up to the tip – it's really what we want the corn to look like."

The crop is being helped by the mild winter, as in previous years late snowfalls had made it difficult to get planting underway early.

The St. Cloud Times reports local farms started harvesting their sweet corn over the weekend and it's expected to start appearing in grocery stores, at corn stands and at farmers' markets soon.

Paul Hugunin, the Minnesota Grown program director, said the feedback from the 80 registered sweet corn growers in Minnesota has been similar to that of the Gysland Brothers.

"One thing I have heard consistently from growers is that this year’s sweet corn is an excellent crop — both in yield and quality," he told the St. Cloud Times, noting the conditions have been "very, very good" this year.

The conditions have been kind to the state's wider farming industry, particularly growers of "cash crops" like corn and soybean.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's crop progress report says for the weekend ending July 26, 87 percent of Minnesota's corn crop is rated "good" or "excellent," compared to 83 percent in Iowa, 57 percent in Illinois, and 47 percent in Ohio.

While 78 percent of Minnesota's soybean crop is considered "good" or "excellent," with only North Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin having higher ratings.

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