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Rain sours Ontario County sweet corn crop

Knee high by the Fourth of July?

Seems the spring 2017 precipitation levels followed the old adage, but sweet corn — let’s just say if you have it on your Fourth of July picnic plate, it’s most likely not locally grown.

A year ago, the region was plagued by drought conditions; this year, blame the wet weather for the bad news on a perennial summer favorite.

Every year around this time, the phone’s ringing off the hook, said Chipper White, of White’s Farm Market in East Bloomfield.

“Everybody’s hot for sweet corn,” White said. “It’s a passion here.”

Russ Welser, agricultural team leader with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, said the earliest of the fresh, farm market sweet corn is typically available by now. The same is true of some summer squashes.

The constant rainy conditions kept farmers from their fields during the planting time earlier in the season. The wet weather also presented some germination issues, White added.

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