Late Season Corn Scarce Due To Flooding

Irene, Lee and all that miserable rain has made late season corn-on-the corn scare in local markets.  Farmers say the flooding was the worst since a 2004 storm dumped 13 inches on Burlco and burst 19 dams in Medford, Tabernacle and neighboring towns.

Lester and Pat Eckert, owners of a 40-acre cornfield in Tabernacle, said they normally sell fresh corn up until Oct. 10.  Not this year.  They sold their last home-grown ear a few weeks ago. 

The hurricane blew down some of their crop and several acres had to be abandoned due to saturated fields.

"The tractor sunk a couple feet in the mud," Lester said.  He said he had to just let the rest of the corn go. 

The last time he had to waste more than 5 acres, he said, was during the 2004 drenching. 

Lew Hart, owner of Lew's Farm Market in Moorestown says his corn crop is also finished.  "Only the ones that planted on higher sandy soil made it to now," he said.

But Hart is still selling fresh corn at his market.  Another South Jersey farmer is supplying him with the late variety - planted in July - and he expects to continue offering ears of corn at his market for the next week or two. 

The Red Top and Green Top markets in Medford also have some ears left. 

Not to ruin your Halloween, but Jersey pumpkins also may be scarcer and costlier this year thanks to the ghoulish rains.  

"Pumpkins hate water," Lester said. 

Right about now I know the feeling.