It Looks Like This Year Will Be a Bumper Crop

I fired-up the grill tonight and threw a couple extra-thick NY Strips on. Needless to say, they were awesome but the thing that has me the most surprised this year is how good the corn has been.

We can usually get some half-decent sweet corn on the cob this early but this year it has been exceptional for the past three weeks now! It's like the stuff we usually get around August.

I don't think I've ever had it this good, this early in the year. The price fluctuates some though. One day it will be 6 ears for $2.49 and the next day it will be 10 ears for $2.00 but it has all been unbelievably good.

I have no idea where the corn is coming from though. Is everyone else experiencing the same thing?
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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 1,764
    Yep! I've got no idea where it's coming from to us here, but I've noticed it's unusually good for not being in season locally yet.
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    edited June 15
    Yeah it's weird because in the past we have gotten some really nice-looking corn this early but once it comes time to eat it there would usually be a bit of a letdown. This is living in various parts of the country too.

    Not this year. The corn not only looks superb, the taste is unbelievable. I usually only have one ear but with this stuff I always have two.

    It started about three weeks ago. I was shocked at how good it was the first time I got it this year and figured it was a fluke but it has been awesome ever since.

    I'm going to go buy some more tomorrow for the weekend.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,797
    edited June 15
    Everything is early this year. Heck we had June bugs in April. Lighting bugs are already appearing. I am sure we will have early corn here as well. I live in Ohio and corn is one thing we have a lot of....lol.
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    I think there's been about a perfect level of precipitation this year for agriculture. Even California got a lot more rain than they were supposed to so I wouldn't be surprised if everything is above average this year.

    Can't wait to start getting those Jersey tomatoes!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 6,579
    edited June 15
    Everything is early this year. Heck we had June bugs in April. Lighting bugs are already appearing. I am sure we will have early corn here as well. I live in Ohio and corn is one thing we have a lot of....lol.

    Agree on them there bugs but our corn here in Illinois is not worth a crap yet can't believe the brown dead Shiite they're trying to pass off as corn
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    Wow that's surprising because Illinois usually has some of the best corn in the country. I think the best sweet corn I ever had came from Illinois but it isn't harvest time there yet. The "Illini Sweet" is a famous hybrid created at the University of Illinois. The stuff is like candy.

    What part of IL are you in?

    I just talked to my parents the other day who live across the river from St. Louis and my Mother said they are starting to get some pretty-good stuff there.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 6,579
    Central Illinois
    Best i ever planted was called candy corn. It is several weeks out on the farm. We have been real dry so for.
  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 1,931
    I fired-up the grill tonight and threw a couple extra-thick NY Strips on. Needless to say, they were awesome but the thing that has me the most surprised this year is how good the corn has been.

    We can usually get some half-decent sweet corn on the cob this early but this year it has been exceptional for the past three weeks now! It's like the stuff we usually get around August.

    I don't think I've ever had it this good, this early in the year. The price fluctuates some though. One day it will be 6 ears for $2.49 and the next day it will be 10 ears for $2.00 but it has all been unbelievably good.

    I have no idea where the corn is coming from though. Is everyone else experiencing the same thing?

    We usually have some pretty good corn grown around here, but I haven't seen anything local yet. Good, bad, or indifferent. Strange.



  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    I don't think the corn we are getting here is local. It's gotta be coming from the south somewhere.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,587
    Global warming.
  • LegenderLegender Posts: 264
    I had the sweetest ear I've had in a long time just this week. Funny you should notice the same thing. Not sure about origin either, but picked it up at Walmart.
  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 1,727
    Everything is early this year. Heck we had June bugs in April. Lighting bugs are already appearing. I am sure we will have early corn here as well. I live in Ohio and corn is one thing we have a lot of....lol.

    Yea..and we have a bumper crop of something else too...water moccasins!...O yea..the corn is excellent too...noticed that also!...LOL!..
  • K_MK_M Posts: 787
    OOh love corn on the cob!
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,272
    Corny.
  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,045
    Must be that Jimmie Crack Corn I've heard of in song. But, hey, I don't care. ;)
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    Just bought a dozen ears for the weekend.

    Check this stuff out. The best I have ever had this early in the year!

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  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 1,931
    Three words.
    G M O ;)


    What I find ironic is that this year we weren't able to get Temple oranges here,
    I sense a conspiracy somewhere...
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    polrbehr wrote: »
    Three words.
    G M O ;)


    What I find ironic is that this year we weren't able to get Temple oranges here,
    I sense a conspiracy somewhere...

    The stand where I get this specifically states that the corn is not "GMO".

    I read last year that less than 2% of the sweet corn sold in America was GMO. But you know what? If this stuff was GMO I'd still buy it because it is some of the tastiest sweet corn I have ever had. ;)
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,036
    Reported! This thread offends me because I don't have my three lower incisor teeth! I can't eat corn on the cob so I feel that none of you should as well!!! :'(
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    edited June 16
    That wouldn't stop me. It's good when cut off the cob with a knife too!

    This stuff is fresh and sweet!
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,036
    Still reported out of exclusion from the full frontal set faction here.
    That wouldn't stop me. It's good when cut off the cob with a knife too!

    This stuff is fresh and sweet!

  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    Get some of those new bolt-on implants. You know, the kind they drill and tap into your jaw.

    With a set of those bad boys you could probably do this:
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  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 1,931
    The stand where I get this specifically states that the corn is not "GMO".

    I read last year that less than 2% of the sweet corn sold in America was GMO. But you know what? If this stuff was GMO I'd still buy it because it is some of the tastiest sweet corn I have ever had. ;)
    I am sure it's fine, I'm just PO'd that there isn't any to be had around here yet.
    We do have our strawberry festival this weekend, so I got that goin' for me.
  • GatecrasherGatecrasher Posts: 1,555
    edited June 16
    Oh man, don't get me drooling over strawberries! When we were kids my Mom had a big strawberry patch in the backyard and we would have them all year round. She would freeze what we couldn't eat fresh.

    There also was a big farm down the road where us kids could work in the summer picking strawberries. They paid by the quart. I spent a lot of backbreaking hours picking them.

    But man I could sure go for some piled on Mom's homemade shortcake and some whipped cream on top right about now.

    The fruits and veggies are some of the best things about summer.
  • warrenwarren Posts: 457
    Life is good....
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 703
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,587
    aprazer402 wrote: »
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    Careful, she's showing skin between her collar and chin. You wouldn't want to get run, would you?
  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 1,931
    http://mattituckstrawberryfestival.org/
    The fairgrounds are even named Strawberry Fields.
  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,027
    I thought I had posted this earlier, but for those growing their own corn and looking for a bumper crop, be sure to use a lot of fordilizer.

    That never grows old B)
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 3,944
    I got 3 words for you: Iowa Sweet Corn

    We aren't called the "Corn State" for nothing (And even though the state of Illinois produces more seed/feed corn than Iowa).

    Specifically any of the Peaches and Cream varieties of sweet corn. Grimes (a small town NW of Des Moines) produces some of the best in the state because of their proximity to Beaver Creek which regularly floods each spring and "freshens" the soil in the flood plain with nutrients.

    Another great thing about Iowa sweet corn is that if you pay more than $2 a dozen, you're getting the shaft.

    I've tried sweet corn from nearly every state and even though I am biased by my home state, you just can't find a sweeter more tender and juicy sweet corn variety than you can here.

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