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Favorite sweet corn varieties?

Planting sweet corn for the first time this year. Did some research and decided to plant 'Peaches and Pearls' and 'Bodacious'. Anyone have experience with these two or have better recommendations for next year? What do you need to do as far as soil prep goes if you want to grow corn in the same dirt for several years in a row? Anyone ever till in alfalfa pellets as an organic fertilizer and soil conditioner?

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I have never heard of peaches and pears? Peaches and cream is delish! If I remember right, bodacious is not as sweet and more of a full kernel.

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 I have grown Peaches and Pearls two years ago and planted it this year. It is very good. I always use the same rows. I till in compost and let her rip. I rotate pretty much everything but corn. 

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 If you go to the farmer's market later this year, you will notice the people selling peaches and cream sell out a lot faster than the others. I get there early to make sure I get the peaches & cream.

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I have never heard of peaches and pears? Peaches and cream is delish! If I remember right, bodacious is not as sweet and more of a full kernel.

yes, sir you are correct. they are both good, but peaches and cream is the best i have ever had.


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Bodacious is a great great corn.  not as sweet as a peaches and cream but it seems to grow good no matter what.  rain or no rain it always puts on a good cob.

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I plant about 3 acres of Bodacious every year.

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Water, manure and miracle grow.

I have never heard of peaches and pears? Peaches and cream is delish! If I remember right, bodacious is not as sweet and more of a full kernel.

yes, sir you are correct. they are both good, but peaches and cream is the best i have ever had.

Amen to that! I have both an early and late variety of it. Can't beat it for flavor. All around has good size and is nice and crisp. Yum!


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I did find information that states you shouldnt plant a SE type seed near a SH2 type seed as the cross pollination will diminish the quality of the corn produced. I think Im going to plant my larger plot with bodacious and plant a smaller section in my yard with honey and pearls. I tend to prefer a cornier sweet corn than a super sweet with less corn flavor, which I think bodacious is. Does anyone here can their corn? If so what methods do you use, any tips or tricks? Do you use a tool to cut the corn from the cob or just a knife? Sorry I mistyped previously, one of the varieties I have is gurneys.com/honey-%91n-pearl-hybrid-sh2-sweet-corn/p/73517/ HONEY 'n Pearls!

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Those cobber tools work ok, but I prefer to just use an electric filet knife. We freeze ours and its lasts for several years. They usually don't last that long at our place though.

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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.


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What does blanching the corn do exactly? Keep it from getting milky when cut off the cob? I guess Id like to try both freezing and canning corn, as my freezer space gets somewhat limited, especially after hunting season.

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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.
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destroys enzymes in the corn, that breakdown the corn and make it taste poorly. basically allows the corn to be stored so you can eat it at a later date as if it was fresh. trust me it works great, i know freezer space can limit this. you can also do this too green beans as well.

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What does blanching the corn do exactly? Keep it from getting milky when cut off the cob? I guess Id like to try both freezing and canning corn, as my freezer space gets somewhat limited, especially after hunting season.
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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.


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The best  is called Gotta Have It. Gurneys sells it ,the best I have ever had

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Lycan, there is recipe's out there for the brine for freezing. You have to scrape the cob after the kernels are off and mix it with the brine recipe. This is how we've always made it and it tastes excellent!

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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.

Blanching? Sounds like your cooking it for eating on the cob. I boil my cobs for anywhere from 8-10 minutes for fresh eating.

Do you cook the stored corn after you thaw it out then and if so how long? I would worry about it getting mushy and sticky.


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A couple years ago I planted Kandy Korn.  It was very tasty and cobs were large.  Very pleased.


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Last year we boiled and ice watered but took kernels off corn and put in zip lock bags. Took some out the other day and only thing missing was the cob. I liked it.

Just a way to deal with excess corn. As we all know, we over plant gardens and end up begging people to take product! At least I do.

I went with bodacious this year. I like corn period so looking forward to testing out a more non sweet corn.


 

 

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Ive heard that bodacious IS a more non sweet corn. Some people say the super sweets are like eating sugar. I prefer a cornier corn and actually like it just slightly past its prime, when it starts to turn starchy or a chewy.

BTW I soaked too much seed and have about a cup worth of Bodacious left after planting my plot this morning if anyone wants it in the Bismarck area, it is free and ready to plant.

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You picked the right variety than imo.

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Ive heard that bodacious IS a more non sweet corn. Some people say the super sweets are like eating sugar. I prefer a cornier corn and actually like it just slightly past its prime, when it starts to turn starchy or a chewy.

BTW I soaked too much seed and have about a cup worth of Bodacious left after planting my plot this morning if anyone wants it in the Bismarck area, it is free and ready to plant.

I would gladly take those off of your hands!! Planted some peaches and cream awhile ago, but has not germinated/sprouted yet. Need to replant!! PM sent.

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Corn seed is taken, glad to see it put to good use, too bad the package was WAY off on the estimated coverage area. I planted closer together than they suggested and I still had way too much. I wonder if they estimate coverage by weight of regular corn and sweet corn is much lighter/smaller?

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An option is to help NDSU with seed trials.  I signed up for the first time this year to see how it works.  You can order up to 5 different types of veggies, fruit or flower and they send you two different varieties of seed for each.  One is a tried and true variety for ND and the other is a new variety they would like home grower data on.  It costs $7.50 and you get 10 packets of seed, the sweet corn had appx 80 seeds per packet.  All they ask is that the grower provide data on the veggies and submit the paperwork back to NDSU.  I planted "sugar buns se+" and "spring treat se", I will let everyone know how they turned out this fall. 

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I would also recommend inplementing a crop rotation plan.  Rotating between corn and a legume (peas, beans) or other veggie, helps prevent yearly infestations of pests/diseases. Corn is a major hog of soil nutrients and rotation also helps replenish the nutrients.  Legumes release nitrogen (corn uses vast quantities of this nutrient) back into the soil while growing and also greatly improve soil health when reincorporated back in the soil.   

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Is there a plant that is good to plant in the fall after you harvest your corn, that you can let grow until it freezes and then till under the following spring, that will help the soil if you wanna grow corn the following year?

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Just plant clover bud . The bee's will love it ! 

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So is bodacious sweeter? I never looked into it, I just assumed?


 

 

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So is bodacious sweeter? I never looked into it, I just assumed?

Than what...peaches and cream...I don't think so.  It's more of a "full" type of kernel to my knowledge.  Peaches and cream, or any variety similar in genetics with the gold and white type of kernels have been the sweetest from what I know.  I always grow several varieties so I don't get sick of one or the other.  I never would though 

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I think bodacious is a regular (by todays standards) sweet corn, many of the bicolor's are SUPER sweet corns, from what I have read, some think they are TOO sweet. Thats a matter of personal taste though Im sure.

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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.

Blanching? Sounds like your cooking it for eating on the cob. I boil my cobs for anywhere from 8-10 minutes for fresh eating.

Do you cook the stored corn after you thaw it out then and if so how long? I would worry about it getting mushy and sticky.

all you have to do is reheat really. it stays crisp just like tim said the only thing missing is the cob. when you put the corn in the ice bath, it stops the cooking process, when you take it out of the boiling water the corn continues too cook until you eat it. there is the difference. i promise you if you want good corn all year long this is the best way to do it.


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fisherman is right

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So is bodacious sweeter? I never looked into it, I just assumed?

Than what...peaches and cream...I don't think so.  It's more of a "full" type of kernel to my knowledge.  Peaches and cream, or any variety similar in genetics with the gold and white type of kernels have been the sweetest from what I know.  I always grow several varieties so I don't get sick of one or the other.  I never would though 


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pigsticker, i even use it for corn chowder in the winter and the corn stays crisp while making the soup.


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So is bodacious sweeter? I never looked into it, I just assumed?

Than what...peaches and cream...I don't think so.  It's more of a "full" type of kernel to my knowledge.  Peaches and cream, or any variety similar in genetics with the gold and white type of kernels have been the sweetest from what I know.  I always grow several varieties so I don't get sick of one or the other.  I never would though 

I guess I wasn't clear in my one sentence reponse!  Yeah, what I was meaning was I thought bodacious was less sweet compared to a peach and cream.


 

 

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Chargers Said:

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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.

Blanching? Sounds like your cooking it for eating on the cob. I boil my cobs for anywhere from 8-10 minutes for fresh eating.

Do you cook the stored corn after you thaw it out then and if so how long? I would worry about it getting mushy and sticky.

all you have to do is reheat really. it stays crisp just like tim said the only thing missing is the cob. when you put the corn in the ice bath, it stops the cooking process, when you take it out of the boiling water the corn continues too cook until you eat it. there is the difference. i promise you if you want good corn all year long this is the best way to do it.

Charger,

Yeah I thought you were taking the whole cob and freezing.  I have tried that and it wasn't the greatest.  But by boiling and going straight to ice and taking off the cob I am pleasantly suprised with the taste and consistency of the corn.  Had some the other day and my brother was sort of frowning to the idea but he didn't mind it one bit.

I definitely see how it could be perfect for chowder!


 

 

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I planted 8 rows, 24" apart and seeds spaced 6-8 inches apart. Its close to my house so I will be able to water as needed. Seed package said to plant 8-12 inches apart. If they come up 6" apart will thinning be necessary or optional?

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I planted 8 rows, 24" apart and seeds spaced 6-8 inches apart. Its close to my house so I will be able to water as needed. Seed package said to plant 8-12 inches apart. If they come up 6" apart will thinning be necessary or optional?

If you can water and put extra fertilizer down, I would think 6" spacing should still produce fine.  

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I have a 18 x 28 foot plot that I tilled in 5lbs of 10 10 10 fert, put down 10 lbs of 15-15-15 time release fertilizer and also tilled in 50lbs of alfalfa pellets which people say are about 3-0.5-2, slow time release. Hopefully this will be good enough until the cobs start to form at least.

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You put up fences and stuff so you don't get diseased deer right?


 

 

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Tim Sandstrom Said:
You put up fences and stuff so you don't get diseased deer right?

LOL.....are you sure you want to go there?  

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I usually buy one or two 'in city' deer bow tags every year. I doubt I could get them to come where Im located unfortunately.

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nope, my in-laws grow a ton of sweet corn and we have done over a 100bags in a weekend for everyone in the family. i can share an awesome chowder recipe if anyone wants.

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helped my mother in law with this and we just blanch the corn (put in boiling water for 7-10min. pull out and put in ice cold water until it is cooled). we use electric knife to cut the corn from the cob and put in zip lock bags/vac.bags). this is the easiest way and the corn still tastes awesome. good luck.

Blanching? Sounds like your cooking it for eating on the cob. I boil my cobs for anywhere from 8-10 minutes for fresh eating.

Do you cook the stored corn after you thaw it out then and if so how long? I would worry about it getting mushy and sticky.

all you have to do is reheat really. it stays crisp just like tim said the only thing missing is the cob. when you put the corn in the ice bath, it stops the cooking process, when you take it out of the boiling water the corn continues too cook until you eat it. there is the difference. i promise you if you want good corn all year long this is the best way to do it.

Charger,

Yeah I thought you were taking the whole cob and freezing.  I have tried that and it wasn't the greatest.  But by boiling and going straight to ice and taking off the cob I am pleasantly suprised with the taste and consistency of the corn.  Had some the other day and my brother was sort of frowning to the idea but he didn't mind it one bit.

I definitely see how it could be perfect for chowder!


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Recipes are always good, share away.

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You put up fences and stuff so you don't get diseased deer right?

LOL.....are you sure you want to go there?  

Yeah but wait, it only happens at areas where corn is not on the cob and in a pile...


 

 

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Corn Chowder
2TBL butter or EVOO-olive oil
1 diced onion 4 garlic cloves minced
8 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
1/4c flour
6 cups veg. stock
2 cups cream
4-6 potatoes, peeled/diced
6ears corn
salt/pepper
1/4 cup parsley leaves
bacon 5-6slices cooked and cut into small pieces

Heat butter/EVOO, add onion garlic, thyme and cook until soft 8-10min.
Dust with flour, add veg. stock and bring to boil. Add cream and potatoes boil 7min. until potatoes soften/breakdown. Add corn, salt, pepper and simmer 10-12min. Add parsley and bacon stir in and serve. I like my chowder thick, so you can add more flour and or potatoes to help thicken it. After you make it one time you will be able to change the recipe to fit your taste buds even more. My mouth is watering as I write this. It has been a favorite by everyone I have made it for.