Field Corn, Sweet Corn & Popcorn: What’s the Difference?
In Illinois, 60% of our land is farmland. Often, it can be found occupied with grazing cattle or growing crops like corn. Illinois ranks No. 2 in the nation in corn production. However, it’s important to recognize that we need different types to serve different purposes.
Sweet corn is the kind of corn that is found growing in gardens and accounts for 2% of the corn produced in Illinois. Sweet corn is harvested during the “milk stage,” when the kernels are fully formed, but not yet mature. The milk stage occurs 20 days after the appearance of the first silk strands and lasts for less than one week. It is sold on the cob, frozen, or canned in the grocery store, at farmers’ markets, and at roadside stands.