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When is the right time to pick corn

It is that time of year again to plant and pick corn. The rains have returned and as is customary once land is available you go outside Corpus Christi morning and plant some peas and corn. The thing is corn is covered up from head to toe, and there is no real external indicator telling you when it is time to pick corn.

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Pick corn after 110-120 days

Generally, corn is ready for harvest 110 to 120 days after planting. If you do not want to count days you can check from when the ears of corn send out silk. It is time to pick corn about 20 days after the silk first appears.

At harvest time, the silk turns brown, but the husks are still green. Each stalk should have at least one ear near the top. When conditions are right, you may get another ear lower down on the stalk.

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Harvesting sweet corn

Take a good look at your cornstalk. You’ll know when to pick corn when the ear pulls away from the stalk, signalling that the husk is full and ready for harvest. Ideally, the silk should be browned, dry, and relatively brittle.

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Grow Heirloom Corn – Rainbow Mix Corn Seeds:

Truly a rainbow mix of colors found on each ear of corn! Most use this Rainbow Mix Corn for decorative purposes, but young ears can definitely be roasted or boiled for dinner. Add to soups or salads for a fun pop of color and flavor.

Feel around the ear of corn, starting at the bottom and moving up to the top. The ear of corn should feel supple throughout, and the top of the ear beneath the silk should feel full and rounded. If the top of the ear is thin and hard, it is not ready yet.

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You can check the kernels for ripeness. Carefully pull back the top of the husk to reveal 3-4 rows of corn kernels, trying to keep most of the husk intact so that insect pests do not gain access the exposed ear.

Select a kernel that is filled out nicely and pierce one kernel of corn with your fingernail. If a milky substance seeps out, then the corn is ready to be picked. 

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Golden Beauty is a rugged and versatile variety that will grow in just about any soil and in just about any climate. An exceptional early corn that tends to produce a large yield. Golden Beauty is a trusted heirloom corn variety first introduced in the 1950s and still going strong!

If clear liquid emerges, give the corn a few more days to ripen before checking again, and if no liquid is present at all, you’ve passed the optimal harvest window for your sweet corn crop.

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Harvesting heirloom corn varieties

Harvesting heirloom corn varieties need some time to cure a bit before it is ready for picking. Wait until the husks are dry, papery, and brown when you pick corn ears.

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