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What’s New in Sweet Corn? 2011 Variety Trial Results

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Super Sweet Corn Variety Trials, 2011

trial corn field at Highmoor FarmNotes:

  • Small, replicated (4x) plots
    • 6 rows, 22’ long, 34” apart
  • Hand-planted (jab-planters)
  • Planting dates:
  • 6/16 SH2
  • 6/22 SE
  • Hurricane Irene
    • Lodging

Supersweet (SH2) Corn Variety Characteristics, 2011

Cultivar Picking Ease2 Tip Cover (inches) Ear Length (inches) Rows/Ear
2873 2.7 1.8 7.3 16.2
4012 2.7 2.7  7.4  16.9
7112 2.7 3.2  7.6  16.3
2573 XTRA 3.0 2.1  7.8  16.9
2876 XTRA 2.7 2.6  7.6  17.3
7002R 2.7 2.1  7.4  17.1
ACX 7905MR 2.7 2.4  7.5  16.9
BSS0982 2.0 3.0  7.5  15.4
BSS5419 2.5 2.5  7.6  17.6
BSS8040 2.3 3.0  7.7  17.2
EX08767143 2.7 2.6  7.6  17.8
Legion 2.3 2.2  7.7  17.1
Mirai 302 2.7 2.3  7.6  17.3
Mirai 336 3.0 2.8  7.5  15.6
Mirai 350 2.3 2.3  7.5  16.5
Primus 2.0 3.8  7.8  15.5
Stellar 2.0 2.5  7.4  17.2
XT 2170 2.7 2.8  7.6  15.8
XT 274A 2.3 2.6  7.7  16.7
XT 278A 3.0 2.8  7.6  16.6

Sugar-enhanced Corn Variety Characteristics, 2011

Cultivar  Stand plants/row  Yield ears/row  Plant Ht. (inches) Ear Ht. (inches)  Picking Ease2  Tip Cover (inches)  Ear Length (inches)  Rows/Ear
1102 19.8 14.8 81.2 25.7 2.0 3.2 7.2 15.5
Cameo 23.3 20.3 84.1 34.6 2.7 2.5 7.4 16.4
Espresso 24.0 24.0 73.8 16.4 2.7 2.3 8.0 15.6
Harris 1001 19.2 21.2 80.2 18.3 3.0 2.3 7.0 15.5
Kristine 20.7 20.0 68.1 14.3 3.0 2.9 7.2 15.7
Luscious 19.7 17.7 81.3 25.4 2.7 2.9 7.1 16.8
Monomoy 21.3 20.7 65.1 17.2 2.8 3.2 7.2 14.1
PowWow 22.3 22.3 94.0 0.9 2.8 2.1 7.0 17.8
Reflection 20.3 18.3 71.2 21.4 2.8 2.5 6.6 16.2
Renaissance 22.0 22.7 83.5 20.0 2.8 2.3 7.5 12.3
SEB6RH1080 24.0 22.0 65.3 14.8 2.5 3.1 7.2 16.1
Sparkler 24.0 23.7 76.7 20.6 2.4 2.8 7.5 16.8
Synergy 24.7 21.0 64.3 16.0 2.7 2.6 6.9 16.6
Temptation 22.3 21.2 76.5 20.7 2.5 2.4 7.1 15.6
Vitality 24.3 28.0 71.3 15.8 3.0 1.5 6.9 14.0
Tukey’s HSD1 0.05 ns 3.2 3.4 1.6 ns 0.4 0.2 0.5

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Best Stand – SE Types

  • Synergy
  • Vitality
  • Sparkler
  • SEB6RH1080
  • Espresso
  • Cameo
Synergy sweet corn

Best Ear Height – SE Types

  • Cameo
  • Pow Wow
  • 1102
  • Luscious
  • Reflection
Cameo sweet corn

Best Picking Ease – SE Types

  • Harris 1001
  • Kristine
  • Vitality
Harris 1001 sweet corn

Best Picking Ease – SH2 Types

  • 2573 XTRA
  • XTRA 278A
  • Mirai 336
2573 XTRA sweet corn

Best Tip Cover – SE Types

  • 1102
  • Monomoy
  • SEB6RH1080
1102 sweet corn

Best Tip Cover – SH2 Types

  • Primus
  • 7112R
  • BSS8040
  • BSS5419
Primus sweet corn

Best Ear Length – SE Types

  • Espresso
  • Sparkler
  • Renaissance
  • Cameo
Espresso sweet corn

Best Ear Length – SH2 types

  • 2573 Xtra Tender
  • Primus
  • XT 274A
  • Legion
  • BSS8040
2573 Xtra Tender sweet corn

Best Yield – SE Types

  • Vitality
  • Espresso
  • Sparkler
  • Renaissance
  • Pow Wow
  • SEB6RH1080
Vitality sweet corn

Best Performers – SE Types
Scored well in most categories, including stand and yield

  • Espresso (70)
  • SEB6RH1080 (74)
  • Sparkler (78)
  • Pow Wow (78)
  • Cameo (84)
Cameo sweet corn

Espresso (70 days, SE)

  • Very good stand
  • Very good yield
  • Poor ear height
  • Good picking ease
  • Best ear length
  • Good flavor
Espresso sweet corn

SEB6RH1080 (74 days, SE)

  • Very good stand
  • Good yield
  • Poor ear height
  • Fair picking ease
  • Good ear length
  • Very good tip cover
  • Lowest row count
SEB6RH1080 sweet corn

Sparkler (78 days, SE)

  • Good stand
  • Very good yield
  • Good ear height
  • Fair picking ease
  • Fair ear length
  • Very good tip cover
  • High row count
  • Nice appearance
Sparkler sweet corn

Pow Wow (78 days, SE)

  • Good stand
  • Good yield
  • Good ear height
  • Good picking ease
  • Fair ear length
  • Poor tip cover
  • Highest row count
Pow Wow sweet corn

Cameo (84 days, SE)

  • Good stand
  • Best ear height
  • Good picking ease
  • Good tip cover
  • Good ear length
  • High row numbers
  • Refined look
  • Good flavor
Cameo sweet corn

Best Performers – SH2 Types
Scored well for most ear characteristics

  • 2573 Xtra Tender (73)
  • Mirai 302 (74)
  • 4012 BC (75)
  • XT278A (78)
  • BSS8040 (79)
2573 Xtra sweet corn  BSS 80450 sweet corn

2573 Xtra Tender (73 days, SH2)

  • Very good picking ease
  • Best ear length
  • Fair tip cover
  • Good row count
2573 Xtra sweet corn

Mirai 302 BC (74 days, SH2)

  • Good picking ease
  • Good ear length
  • Fair tip cover
  • Very good row count
  • Refined appearance
  • Good flavor
Mirai 302 sweet corn

Harris 4012 BC (75 days, SH2)

  • Good picking ease
  • Slightly compact Ear
  • Very good tip cover
  • Good row count
  • Nice appearance
  • Good flavor
Harris 4012 sweet corn

Xtra Tender 278a (78 days, SH2)

  • Very good picking ease
  • Good ear length
  • Good tip cover
  • Good row count
  • Nice appearance
  • Good flavor
XT 278A sweet corn

BSS 8040 (79 days, SH2)

  • Fair picking ease
  • Very good ear length
  • Very good tip cover
  • Good row count
  • Refined appearance
  • Good flavor
  • Bt-Enhanced
BSS 80450 sweet corn

With Thanks…

  • Harris Seeds
  • Johnny’s
  • Seedway
  • Siegers
  • Stokes
  • Syngenta
  • Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association
  • New England Vegetable & Berry Growers Association
  • Greg Koller, Pete Lugner, Pat McManus & The Highmoor Farm Staff


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