Project Type: Farmer
Year Awarded: 2003
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Funds Awarded: $7,735.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $2,185.00
Early sweet corn brings early-season cash flow, but there are also obstacles such as cold spells, the extra labor and farm waste involved in using plastic mulches, and the added weed pressure that comes with row covers. The farmer will see if transplanting plugs is viable in early corn production, and specifically whether there are certain transplant characteristics that support a good crop. He will plant three acres of transplants and then work to identify the most economically feasible method of growing early sweet corn from transplants without using plastic mulches or herbicides. Outreach will be through growers’ consortiums and an extension newsletter.