Indiana growers harvested sweet corn for fresh market sales from 5,800 acres in 2011, with an average yield of 67 cwt/acre (159 crates or 3.3 tons per acre) and a total value of $17.9 million (USDA NASS, 2012). Indiana ranked 15th among states for production of fresh market sweet corn and produced about 1.3% of the nation’s total in 2011. 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, bicolor 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 bicolor, two yellow, and two white supersweet (sh2) sweet corn entries that were evaluated at the Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center in Wanatah, Indiana.
sweet corn, sweetcorn, variety trials, vegetables, Zea mays
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