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Sweet Corn & Popcorn

Sweet corn yield at the mercy of the environment, except for one key factor (August 24, 2023)

Canned, frozen corn industry struggling across US growing regions (July 10, 2023)

Illinois study reveals genetic secrets of America's favorite snack (June 27, 2023)

Sweet corn sweltering in summer heat spells uncertainty for corn lovers (Nov. 11, 2022)

Sweet Discovery: U of I research finds potential for sweet corn growers (Aug. 1, 2022)

​​Corn develops density tolerance over time (Feb. 17, 2022)

Illinois research shows how dicamba could be safely used in sweet corn (Feb. 8, 2022)

Sweet corn yield gain over 80 years leaves room for improvement (Nov. 7, 2021)


Growing sweet corn at higher densities doesn't increase root lodging risk (May 10, 2021)

Sweet corn growers, processors could dramatically increase yield, profit (Oct. 8, 2019)

Sweetening the deal (Nov. 18, 2018)

In sweet corn, workhorses win (Jan. 17, 2018)

Atrazine alternatives in sweet corn (July 12, 2016)

Sweet corn genes related to crowding stress identified (March 15, 2016)

Transgenic sweet corn no more susceptible to Goss's wilt disease (Feb. 17, 2016)

Sweet corn 'stress test' offers efficient way to identify high-yielding hybrids (Oct. 5, 2015)

Better sweet corn research, better production

(Jan. 22, 2014)

Can sweet corn be grown using less atrazine?


Tolerating neighbors: competition in sweet corn

(March 12, 2013)

Disease and weed duo can devastate sweet corn yields

(Feb. 29, 2012)

Less competitive sweet corn varieties can result in higher weed pressure (Feb. 20, 2012)

U of I research elevates sweet corn production

(Feb. 2012)

A seedy solution to controlling weeds?

(Feb. 13, 2012)

Sweeten up your profits with the right hybrids

(Jan. 23, 2012)

A quarter century of sweet corn observations

(Dec. 22, 2011)

Sweet corn yield gain over 80 years leaves room for improvement (Oct. 7, 2021)