Sweet corn harvest will begin July 22-25 for King Ferry, N.Y.-based Turek Farms, said Jason Turek, partner.
“We’re excited to get another New York state season underway,” he said.
The company was finishing up sweet corn supply in Georgia and making the transition to Delaware in early July, with New York harvest set for the last week of July.
Acreage is expected about the same as last year, he said.
Conditions were dry through early July, a big change from last year when flooding left a portion of acres unplanted.
“We don’t have irrigation and typically rely on what Mother Nature brings us here, which is usually more than enough,” he said. “This year is kind of an exception.”
Turek Farms will market its New York sweet corn into early October and then transition first to Georgia and later to Florida.
“We have year-round sweet corn supply from Homestead (Fla.) to New York.”
While some growers have been dabbling in organic sweet corn, Turek Farms won’t have any organic corn this year, he said.
A bigger priority among some buyers, he said, is non-GMO sweet corn.
“We hear about more customers wanting non-GMO sweet corn rather than worrying about if it is organic or not,” he said.
“Most customers do not want GMO sweet corn.”