There’s more rain in the forecast this week, which D.C. area residents should be used to by now. June 2015 produced record rains for the DMV area according to multiple weather services.
The trade-off for those heavy rains: extra sweet-tasting sweet corn!
“They weren’t’ starchy, they were juicy. They were sweet,” said Forrest Hall Farm owner, Joe Wood. He showed WUSA 9 some of his sweet corn for sale and said it’s pretty good.
However, Wood said the batch before this one was even better.
“They were some of the best sweet corn I’ve ever seen,” Wood said, adding it’s all thanks to the not just heavy but even amount of rain throughout the month of June.
Just how much rain was there? Our editorial partners at The Washington Post says Baltimore Washington International airport logged 9.98 inches of rain this past June, more than 7 inches above the average month-to-date. The Weather Channel says BWI recorded its wettest June and fourth wettest calendar month ever with 13.09 inches.
Sounds like a sweet deal if you like sweet corn, but Jamie Raley, President of the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau, said it’s not such a “sweet” deal for all crops.
“The ground was wet and so it didn’t allow the planter to put the seed in the soil just like we needed it to be,” said Raley while showing off his soybean crop.
Raley also showed WUSA9 stunted tobacco and field corn crops he said were flooded by the extra rain.
If we see another consistent stretch of rain in August, Raley and Wood both agree the field corn crop will have good yields. But then you run into the problem of being able to sell the product.
Raley said many St. Mary’s County field corn growers sell the product as feed to Maryland’s poultry farms. They’re also monitoring the Avian Flu very closely, which shows how connected Maryland’s agriculture industry is.
(Source – http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/08/11/heavy-summer-rainfall-good-sweet-corn-farmer/31494897/)