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August 12. 2014 9:56PM

Corn season 'sporadic' for many farmers


Joe Kawsnik of Jackson opens an ear of corn at Moulton Farm's farm stand in Meredith on Tuesday. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)

MEREDITH — Sarah Malloy opened an ear of corn at Moulton Farm’s farm stand Tuesday morning, and found just what she hoped for: full, bright white and gold kernels.

“We had some last night. It’s really, really good,” said Malloy, of Barnard, Vt., who is vacationing in the Lakes Region with her family this week.

Corn growers say while this year’s crop has been good, corn has been sporadic lately for many businesses. The growing season was delayed by the cool spring, and many growers have been dealing with cooler-than-usual nights lately.

“Last weekend, there were some growers that didn’t have any corn,” said Andy Howe of Beans and Greens in Gilford.

“We’ve been having 55-to-60 degree nights, and we really need 65-to-70 degree nights. Nights are half of our growing season, so there have been gaps in corn production for many farmers.”

Chip Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, one of the largest corn growers in the state, said his business has come to the aid of several farms that have had on and off corn crops this summer.

“Particularly in the Lakes Region, they’ve been having unusual weather at night this summer, lots of storms,” Hardy said.

“But that’s what we farmers do, work together in times like this,” he said. “We’ve been selling some of our corn to them because they’ve run out, for many growers it hasn’t been a uniform crop this year.”

There has been little or no drop in quality of the corn, though.

“It’s really been a great growing season, especially compared to last year,” Howe said. “The corn has been really good, I’m not complaining.”

“We haven’t had any gaps at all, but we’ve been fortunate,” said Moulton Farm manager Rob Stephens. “The corn really drives our business, and it’s been a great crop for us this year.”

dseufert@newstote.com



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