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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Harvesting sweet corn

Rochester, MN (KTTC-DT) --

You may have noticed that the sweet corn dealers on the side of the roads are out and a lot more of it is available in stores. It's harvesting time for the sweet corn farmers, and many say they had a good year.

"It's got good juicy kernels on it. It's pretty even. It's a good ear of corn."

In fact the whole lot of corn is pretty good this year. Many southeast Minnesota sweet corn farmers are harvesting a very good yield compared to other years.

"The yield for the sweet corn has actually been pretty good this year for the lack of rain we had to start with," says Tim Arends, who helps on his grandfather's farm.

What makes this season pretty near perfect is each ear of corn is pretty weighty, giving each farmer close to 7 to 10 tons.

What also makes a farmer happy is harvesting in weather like this. Arends works for Lakeside foods as a machine operator, but today he's helping on his grandfather's farm. He says when he works in the fields, he can have long days.

"It's usually 5 in the morning until sometimes 4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon, sometimes 10 o'clock at night. It just all depends on how everything rock and rolls."

"Here's a nice ear of sweet corn."

Lakeside Foods will take the corn from here to their plant in Planview. And this farm can rest until it's time to harvest the field corn.

The sweet corn harvest will continue until about the first week of October, then they'll start on the field corn crop.  Arends says farmers are hoping for a dry, hot September for the field corn, or else farmers won't have as much luck as they did with the sweet corn.

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