Indiana growers harvested sweet corn for fresh market sales from 6,100 acres in 2009, with an average yield of 69 cwt/acre (164 crates or 3.45 tons per acre) and total value of $16.8 million (USDA NASS, 2010). Indiana ranks 14th among states for production of fresh market sweet corn. The 2007 USDA Ag Census reported 603 Indiana farms producing sweet corn for fresh markets and 51 farms selling to processors. Sweet corn fields for fresh market sales are located throughout the state. In northern Indiana, bi-color corn is most commonly grown. Varieties with improved eating quality are of interest to both producers and consumers. Producers are also interested in yield, ear size, appearance, and agronomic characteristics. This paper reports on 17 sugar-enhanced and synergistic sweet corn cultivars and experimental lines that were evaluated at the Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center in Wanatah, Indiana.
variety trials, sweetcorn, sweet corn, vegetables, Zea mays
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