Some July 4th Picnics may Lack Sweet Corn

Sweet corns awaits cusotmers at the Double S Produce stand on the corner of Johnson and Edgewood in Cedar Rapids on Monday, July 12, 2010.

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some traditional July Fourth picnics may be missing a favorite menu item this year: sweet corn.

Iowa's relatively cold, wet spring has delayed the plants' development.

Farmer Ray Christenson, of Grimes, told The Des Moines Register that he might have a few ears ready a day or two before Independence Day, but he says he's betting that most of his corn won't be ready until days later.

Ron Deardorff, of Adel, says he planted on his normal schedule, but the low temperatures soon stopped the corn from sprouting as quickly as it would in warmer weather.

He estimated his corn is "quite a ways behind, maybe a week or two."

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