Sweet corn in United States

Corn ranks third behind rice and wheat in total world production. Many types of corn are grown in the United States.

More area is planted to corn in the United States than any other commodity crop, and it has a greater market value.

Sweet corn, Zea mays L. var. saccharata, is a type of maize. Originating in Mexico, maize is one of the first plants to be domesticated, and remains one of the world’s most important crops.

Sweet corn likes a deep, rich loamy organic soil that’s well drained and rich in nutrients.

This corn has a large proportion of carbohydrates of the kernel as dextrin and sugar in the unripe kernels which are tender.

When matured and dried, the kernel are hard and have a wrinkled surface.

Sweet corn is a important cash crop for farmers. It currently ranks second in farm value among vegetables for processing and fourth for fresh market vegetables.

Sweet corn can be marketed as separate kernels (canned or frozen) or as ‘corn-on-cob’, a typical cob being 15 cm and 30 cm in length and still unsheathed in its green husk.
Sweet corn in United States

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