Sweet Corn Varieties

For Spring of 2020 I have selected the following sweet corn varieties for sale in the store. Before we talk about delicious sweet corn lets chat about sweet corn genetics. There are several types of sweet corn hybrids.

  • SU Normal – Traditional sweet corn genotype with exceptional seed vigor and germination. Strong, old fashion corn flavor. One day window where sugars are at their peak before converting to starch.
  • SE – Contains sugary enhancer (SE) gene. Sweetness, flavor, and texture are improved over SU types. SE hybrids are superb for freezing. Three day window where sugars are at their peak before converting to starch.
  • SH2 – Supersweets in this category have the SH2 gene that raises sugar levels and makes them the sweetest corn hybrids. Ten day window where sugars are at their peak before converting to starch.

For the store I have selected 4 of my favorite sweet corn hybrids. Of these 4, 3 are SE hybrids (Gold Nuggets, Incredible, and Bodacious) and 1 is a SH2 hybrid (Anthem II). I find that SE hybrids perform really well in our area and have the characteristics and flavor (and great flavor after storage) that home gardeners and sweet corn enthusiasts want.

Additionally, these varieties are sold and trialed by Rupp Seeds. Rupp Seeds is a family-owned company based in Wauseon, Ohio (southwest of Toledo). As a family-owned business and 4th generation family farmer I like to support other family-owned and Ohio-based businesses.

Gold Nuggets Sweet Corn

Golden Nuggets is an SE type of corn, meaning it is has the sugary enhancer gene and is great for eating and freezing. Sweet, tender and all yellow ears, Gold Nuggets holds it sugar content well after harvest.

Ear length – 8.5″
Ear kernels – 14-18 rows with 18-20 kernels per row
Maturity – 75 days
Germination time – 5-7 days of 60+F soil temperatures
Resistance – moderate resistance to rust, Stewart’s wilt, northern leaf blight

Incredible Sweet Corn

Incredible is also a SE type of corn, meaning it is has the sugary enhancer gene and is great for eating, canning, and freezing. Traditional yellow ear of corn with sweet, rich kernels. Easily lasts 10 days in cold storage without compromising flavor.

Ear length – 9.5″
Ear kernels – 14-18 rows with 18-20 kernels per row
Maturity – 85 days
Germination time – 5-7 days of 60+F soil temperatures
Resistance – rust, Stewart’s wilt, northern leaf blight

Bodacious Sweet Corn

Bodacious is also a SE type of corn, meaning it is has the sugary enhancer gene and is great for eating, canning, and freezing. Solid yellow ears are well filled out with tender, creamy, flavorful kernels. Great variety for cooler temperatures as it tolerates cool temps better than most other varieties.

Ear length – 8″
Ear kernels – 16 rows with 14-16 kernels per row
Maturity – 75 days
Germination time – 5-7 days of 60+F soil temperatures
Resistance – rust, Stewart’s wilt, northern leaf blight

Anthem II Sweet Corn

Anthem II is an SH2 supersweet hybrid. It is the only SH2 and bicolor variety we have available at the HyR BRIX store. Superior performance in cold soils due to vigorous seedlings. Anthem II is a variety within the Performance Series. This series is tolerant to Roundup WeatherMAX® and Roundup PowerMAX® agricultural herbicides for effective and efficient weed control. Additionally, Anthem II has the added benefit of above- and below-ground insect protection (corn rootworm, corn borers, corn earworms etc).

Ear length – 8″
Ear kernels – 16-20 rows with 14-16 kernels per row
Maturity – 73 days
Germination time – 5-7 days of 60+F soil temperatures
Resistance – Stewart’s wilt

All high quality sweet corn hybrids (SU, SE, SH2) should be isolated from field corn and other sweet corn varieties by a distance of 700-1,000 feet OR a tasseling date of 14 days to prevent cross pollination. Cross pollination will result in a loss of the high sugar and flavor characteristics.