During the last century sweet corn has been carefully bred for taste, size and uniformity. Modern super-sweet varieties, which are planted throughout the Columbia Basin as a rotation crop, can be as much as 40 percent sugar.
QUINCY, Wash. – Russ Kehl tears an ear of corn from a field of thousands, shucks it and takes an enthusiastic bite. It’s part theater. He’s acting for two journalists standing in his field outside of Quincy. But as he chews he examines the corn cob, and the acting stops.