Start of Halifax County sweet corn season stalled by unseasonable spring

Some Virginia farmers said the season has been slow to start after an unseasonably cool spring. Most years, fresh sweet corn can be purchased across the state as early as mid-June. However, due to an April cold spell and mid-May freeze, harvests have been delayed.

“We’re about as south in Virginia as you can get, and we’d normally have corn by June 15,” Trey Reese of Reese’s Farm Fresh Produce in Halifax County told “Our corn looks good, it’s just that everything will be late because it was so cold early in the season.”

Reese noted that his crop was exposed to freezing temperatures during a mid-April freeze that affected most areas of Virginia. Then a hard freeze on May 10 damaged his corn extensively.

With harvest expected to begin June 26, Reese, like other Virginia farmers, faces a shortened picking season and diminished yield.

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