When is Corn Ready to Pick?

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Produced by: Danielle Sherry; Edited by: Cari Delahanty

How can you tell when your corn is ripe to pick?

First, look at the top ear on your corn plant. The top ear is always the first to ripen. It will look fatter than the other ears on the plant and it will start to lean away from the stalk, almost at a 90 degree angle.

The silk on an ear that is ready to pick will turn brown, will feel very dry, and should peel right off in your hand. If the silk near the very tip of the ear of corn is dry, then that ear is very ripe for picking! The silk on an unripe ear of corn will feel soft, wet, and will be red in color.

If the top ear on your corn plant is ripe, ears further down the stalk should ripen about ten days later.

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