Albertans are already lining up for Taber corn.
Dave Jensen has been growing corn for 35 years and says crops are healthy and right on time in 2016. He planted his 250 acres of corn early and tells Global News he had a good start in April when weather was warm. “The temperature was great, but you have to be careful because … you get the corn up, along comes some warm weather, and it freezes it and that is exactly what happened,” he said.
Weather quickly turned around and now the season is looking good. “We have the right soil for good corn growing, irrigation and we have warm weather,” he said. “You add those three things together and we have Taber corn!”
Corn stops are now open in Taber and other parts of the province, with more being added through the week. Most corn booths are open eight hours a day, seven days a week. Producers sometimes need several truck loads of corn to keep the stock up.
It might sound corny, but it’s a time Lolly Turner looks forward to. She’s been helping sell for over 14 years. “They’ll come and they’ll check out the corn and want to know varieties, they love to know about corn, what kind it is.”
For Jensen, it’s one of the busiest times of the year. “Enjoy the six or seven weeks that it’s out because the rest of the year you have to buy frozen corn, tin corn,” he said.
Story by Sarah Komadina/Global News.