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Sweet corn behind, but on the way

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Whether you like it boiled, charred, doused in butter or off the cob, you've been waiting a bit longer this year for a summer staple.

Sweet corn has just gone up for sale in Rochester, and it's been a long process for farmers who faced one of the toughest springs in recent memory.

Brandi Blattner sells corn at one of her family's stands. They opened last Thursday, and considering the cold wet spring and 15 inches of May snow -- they're doing pretty well.

"We started [planting] probably in May," Blattner said. "I mean a month later than usual, so it kind of put us behind."

Even though the corn is behind, Blattner says it still tastes as good as always.

"The corn is sweeter than ever right now actually I think," she said.

Not all the corn you'll see in the stands is from Minnesota. We found a few filled with corn from Millville, but even though the Blattner family grows some corn in fields near their home in Eyota, the cobs in the back of the truck today come from their fields in Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin kind of has better soil up there so we kind of plant there first," Blattner said.

The cobs don't quite look like they did this time last year.

"They might actually be a little smaller this year because my dad kind of wanted to get it started, the season," Blattner said. "So we started picking maybe earlier than he should have for the corn, but it tastes just as good."

Blattner says if you're hoping for ears the size you're used to, you just need to wait. They're coming.

"As the season progresses the corn is going to get even bigger and even sweeter," she said.

According to the USDA, corn grew an average of 15 inches in Minnesota last week to a height of 59 inches, but that lags behind this week last year when corn was at 75 inches and the 5 year average of 69 inches.

Corn silking is also at 19 percent which is less than half the 5 year average.

Corn farmers in Iowa are seeing similar numbers.

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