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Cold weather up north reduces demand for Southeastern sweet corn

As we roll into Memorial Day weekend, sweet corn farmers are usually seeing a high demand for their delicious crops as people fire up their grills and prepare for picnics and holiday gatherings. However, this year the demand from northern parts of the US has been lower than usual due to lingering cold conditions that tamp down the desire to eat outside. The cold conditions there are linked to the continuing La Nina pattern, which brings warm and dry conditions to the Southeast but leaves more northern states colder and wetter than normal. As summer goes on, demand should grow, but farmers produce their crops to be ready at times of normal peak demand, so they may be hurt by lower prices when the demand is less. You can read more at Specialty Crop Industry.

Source: USDA ARS