After it matures, corn is harvested in the fall with a grain combine. Combines have row dividers that pick up the corn stalks as the combine moves through the field. The corn ears are broken off from the corn stalk and dragged into the combine, and the stalks are dropped back on the ground.
Sweet corn is ready for harvest when the silks are dried and turning brown, but before the outer leaves of the husk lose their green color and start to shed. The ears should feel firm and the kernels should have a milky or creamy appearance when squeezed. Harvesting too late will result in reduced quality.
It's 9 a.m. Sam Smith's crew has been harvesting sweet corn for three hours, slogging through mud and muck from 7.
Information about harvesting of sweet corn, including, production periods, yields and a swot analysis of the industry.