Sweet Corn

Growing sweet corn at higher densities doesn’t increase root lodging risk

Sweet corn growers and processors could be bringing in more profits by exploiting natural density tolerance traits in certain hybrids. That’s according to 2019 research from USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Illinois scientists. But... more »

Ray Samulis, former Burlington County, New Jersey, agricultural agent remembered

Raymond J. “Ray” Samulis, 69, of Roebling, New Jersey, died Feb. 24. He served as agriculture and natural resource agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Burlington County and retired in late 2017 after 41 years... more »

Five Crowns, Gloriann Farms open new facility in Tracy, California

Five Crowns, a family-owned third-generation grower, packer, shipper and processor of fresh produce, has opened its new facility in Tracy, California, with partner GloriAnn Farms. The new facility will expand the value-added sweet corn program... more »

Pyrethroids’ effectiveness against corn earworm eyed

For the past decade, pyrethroids have seemed to be losing their effectiveness for controlling corn earworm in sweet corn. They work well in some years and not in others. New research from Ohio State University... more »

Nitrogen management key for organic sweet corn

Building up the nitrogen supplying capacity of the soil is key to growing organic sweet corn. With no high analysis, nitrogen fertilizers approved for sidedressing on an organic crop, rotations with legumes and cover crops,... more »

Pennsylvania vegetable, berry crops impacted by weather, disease, pests

On Aug. 21, 2020, a drought watch was issued by the Department of Environmental Protection for 16 counties in Pennsylvania. These counties include McKean, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Clearfield, Center, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Cameron, Blair, Huntingdon,... more »

Fruit set problems, pollination disorders in fruiting vegetables

Vegetable harvest is peaking on in Delmarva, Delaware. Unfortunately, we often see pollination problems in fruiting vegetables when weather conditions are unfavorable and 2020 is no exception. Signs of incomplete pollination in cucurbits include bottlenecked fruit or... more »

Production of five popular vegetables relies on foreign labor

In 2019, tomatoes for the fresh market, harvested by hand, were valued at $705 million, while sweet corn production, typically harvested by hand or machine, was valued at $652 million, and sweet potatoes, for which... more »

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