Some Iowa sweet corn growers are reporting a big drop in the harvest this season thanks to the weather. Mount Vernon produce grower John Krull says he isn’t picking near as much sweet corn this year.
“About half, 50 or 60 percent of normal,” Krull said. He blames cold temperatures in May for stunting his early planted corn and wet weather in June.
“Nothing likes to sit in water and grow,” Krull said. This week, Krull turned to another grower to fill a 60-dozen order from Boy Scouts selling sweet corn at this weekend’s Solon Beef Days. Krull located the sweet corn from a grower near Muscatine who also reported a much smaller than normal harvest.
The short crop doesn’t appear to be affecting prices. Krull says most sweet corn producers are selling their product for around $5 a dozen.