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Ohio sweet corn might see gaps in supply

The Midwest sweet corn season is almost there and this is the time of year when fresh produce markets are stocked with locally grown vegetables.

However, local Ohio sweet corn growers say wet weather has left their fields saturated. The consistent  rain could end up causing interruptions in their supply throughout the growing season.

Molnar Farms plants every seven to 10 days to get crops throughout the summer. "A lot of times this spring we missed that window so we may have some breaks in our supply throughout the summer," Rick Molnar said, manager at Molnar Farms. Molnar says they're now salvaging what's left of their strawberries.

Valley farmers usually harvest their first sweet corn crops in mid-July.  Over at White House Fruit Farm they also expect possible gaps in their supply. "There may be disruptions in things like sweet corn, there may be a few more diseases around in things like tomatoes and pepper," David Hull said, owner of White House Fruit Farm.

Hull says it's too soon to know if any of that will happen. He says the rain has been a problem for farmers for about a year straight. Treating diseases could cost farmers more money and manpower. Lutz Farms in Trumbull County specializes in growing sweet corn. Harvey Lutz says some vegetables and soy beans might need attention.

The local farmers are mixed on whether or not all the rain will dilute the taste of what's grown in Northeast Ohio. They don't expect the price to go up more than 25 cents a dozen.

According to wfmj.com, the first round of sweet corn usually comes from southern Ohio and is harvested about three weeks ahead of valley farms.


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