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Late corn no problem for Morden festival

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MORDEN Corn and Apple Festival goers can relax.

Although corn crops in many parts of the province are late in maturing this year, the Morden festival's veteran administrator said they'll have more than enough locally-grown corn on hand for this weekend's event.

That's because the festival's corn supplier -- Winkler's Vandenberg Vegetables -- plants its seven corn fields at different times in the spring, so the crops mature at different times in the summer.

"If it's an early year (for planting), we get the later corn. And if it's a late year, we get the early corn," Cheryl Link said. "It's always been a good safety valve for us."

That's why in 2012, although corn crops were planted unusually early because of the early arrival of spring, the festival still had freshly picked corn because the later-planted crops were ready at just the right time.

And this year it's the opposite. Although the late arrival of spring meant the later-seeded crops aren't ready yet, the early-seeded ones are, Link said.

"And this heat we've had in the last week has really helped."

She said if worse came to worse -- which has never happened in the festival's 46-year history -- they would have imported some corn from the United States.

"It would be just a little ridiculous if we had a corn and apple festival and didn't have any corn," she said with a laugh.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 B8

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