[Market-farming] GM sweet corn

Mike Brabo mdbrabo at att.net
Thu Oct 31 10:49:50 EDT 2013


Etienne,

As part of your research I recommend contacting Brian Severson at http://www.bseverson.com.   
He and his family grow 50-60 acres of organic sweet corn per year about an hour southwest of Chicago.

Regards,
	Mike
	Vesterbrook Farm
	Certified Naturally Grown
	Clarksville, Missouri - Mississippi River Bluffs, Zone 5b-6a


On Oct 31, 2013, at 9:19 AM, Etienne Goyer <etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca> wrote:

> Thanks for the info.
> 
> I am considering trying growing sweet corn next year on a small-scale as
> a pilot project.  The demand is strong, but the price uninteresting.  I
> want to test the market, and see if people are willing to 1. pay more
> than they currently do for local, non-GMO, unsprayed sweet corn (not
> certified so cannot call myself organic), and 2. accept that an ear or
> two a dozen may contain a worm.  I will have to do so some work on crop
> budgeting to make sure I don't make a loss, but I am considering pricing
> in the 8$/dz range.  I am also considering using trichogram wasp for
> worm control.  The growing part will be a challenge; I have plenty of
> space to grow, but the climate here is not exactly the best for sweet
> corn.  We'll see how it goes.
> 
> I do not know much about american consumer's culture, but I can tell you
> that around here, if you where to label your corn as "genetically
> modified", you would not sell a single ear.  I am not saying it's
> rational, and I fully agree that is in contradiction with demanding
> perfect corn.  But I think that there is definitely a market opportunity
> here, although customer education is key to getting into it.  It's
> important for me to be truthful about the claims I am making, hence why
> I am trying to confirm the information I want to use in marketing my own
> crop (in that case, that store-sold sweet corn import from the US is
> likely to be GM).
> 
> Anyway, this may or may not pan out.  I have very many projects on the
> burner, so whether or not I go ahead with growing sweet corn in 2014
> remains to be determined.  I will let you know guys how it works out, if
> indeed I go ahead with this.
> 
> Thanks again!
> 
> Etienne
> 
> 
> 
> On 13-10-31 09:41 AM, Richard Stewart wrote:
>> A majority of the bulk big box store sweet corn is indeed Bt.  Around us
>> its about half and half…half Bt and half sprayed about 4 too 6 days.  I
>> have yet to meet an organic grower that consistently grows great yummy
>> sweet corn where they have it available from July to September.
>> 
>> I am not saying they do not exist.  The closest I have found is the guy
>> we work with that is light spray and only sprays once they see an large
>> outbreak of ear worm and then its only spot.  They are smart and reserve
>> their sprays to outbreaks and infestations like the three generations
>> before them understanding that insects develop tolerance.  Nothing
>> remotely organic though.  THey told me they tried it one year and they
>> pretty much had to absorb the cost on the corn that was damaged.  Folks
>> go through and look for ear worms.  I remember it being my childhood
>> duty to break off tips.
>> 
>> I'll argue that Bt is as consumer driven as GMO products come.
>> 
>> Richard Stewart
>> Carriage House Farm
>> North Bend, Ohio
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>> On Oct 30, 2013, at 9:31 PM, Etienne Goyer <etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca
>> <mailto:etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> 
>>> It's been recently reported that GM sweet corn is now being sold in
>>> Canada.  In one article I've read on the topic, it's claimed that the
>>> majority of sweet corn grown in the US have been GM for a while.  I
>>> doubt that claim.  Is it actually true?  Is there any statistic about
>>> this available online?
>>> 
>>> Note that I am talking specifically about *sweet* corn, not grain or
>>> silage corn.
>>> 
>>> Thanks for the info!
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -- 
>>> Etienne Goyer  -  Le Jardin du Village
>>> http://lejardinduvillage.wordpress.com
>>> 
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