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FARM TREAT: Promise Of Early Sweet Corn

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It looks like sweet corn might be ready a couple weeks ahead of schedule this year.

Farmer Mike Penick is growing the summer favorite just south of Des Moines.

He planted it on St. Patrick's Day and thought he lost all of it in the March frost but some of the crop made it through.

The first tassels are showing and it should be ready to eat in five weeks. That's about two weeks ahead of normal.

“This will go up to about this tall by the time we harvest it. The ears will normally be about as tall as the corn is right now, about 18 inches to two feet tall.  If we have decent sized ears, hopefully we'll get about an eight inch ear on early progressive corn,” said Penick.

You can get Penick's sweet corn at the Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market once it's ready.

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