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When to Plant Sweet Corn in Tennessee?

By Lauren Miller ; Updated September 21, 2017
Sweet corn is a warm-season crop.

Corn is a major crop in Tennessee. Sweet corn varieties are grown by farmers and home gardeners in the state. To maximize the yield, seeds must be planted at the right time of year.

Sweet Corn Characteristics

Three types of sweet corn are marketed to home gardeners. Sweet corn varieties are classified as sugary, extra sweet and sugar extended. Home gardeners can choose from among several hundred varieties of sweet corn.

Planting Season

Sweet corn is a warm-season crop and may die from a frost. While exact planting dates vary each year, the season does not vary much. The University of Tennessee Extension provides recommended planting dates for each part of the state.

West Tennessee

Sugar sweet is planted around April 10. Extra sweet corn and sugar extended varieties are planted around April 20.

Middle Tennessee

Sugary corn is planted on April 20 in low elevations and on April 25 in high elevations. Extra sweet corn and sugar extended varieties are planted on May 1 in low elevations and on May 5 in high elevations.

East Tennessee

Sugary corn is planted on April 25 in low elevations and on May 1 in high elevations. Extra sweet corn and sugar extended varieties are planted on May 5 in low elevations and on May 10 in high elevations.

 

About the Author

 

Lauren Miller has more than 10 years of experience as a writer and editor. Her articles on technology, small business and legal topics have appeared in magazines, newspapers and trade journals. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and is an avid gardener and sports fan.