Love Chilliwack corn? B.C.’s record breaking summer means it’s on the shelves earlier than ever before.
Corn farmer Ian Sparkes says crops matured so early some people doubt his product is the real thing.
“One lady bought some corn from us and she re-sells it and she called me to give me a heads up that CFIA might be calling because someone reported her for selling corn as Chilliwack corn and Chilliwack corn’s not ready yet. But in this case it was all Chilliwack corn and it was ripe – it was just ripe so early people don’t believe it.”
But he says the early and sustained heat has meant big problems for some of his – and his neighbour’s fields.
“I have five irrigation guns going, three of them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And any field that I can’t get water on they’re drying up, the corn is just shriveling up. It’s not going to form a cob, the cob will be too small to market.”
Sparkes says it’s the first time he had corn ready before July – and says he will benefit from a longer growing season.
But he says he’s also worried about moving enough product – because some of it is maturing too fast – and because word isn’t out that the corn is ready.