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Tahoe Truckee foodie news: Stalking corn prices

Martina Geronimo
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Corn is undeniably a summer favorite for meal planning-with seasonal ingredients. Unraveling those green husks to reveal a brilliant yellow, golden treat is a welcome sight to any budget at prices like four ears of corn for a dollar. These unbeatable deals make corn the perfect vegetable to grill as a side to any dinner. Rainy days threaten to make these bargains a thing of the past with smaller crop yields expected for next year.

A wet spring will likely cut the size of this falland#8217;s corn harvest making prices high through 2012. Futures prices are expected to rise by 10 to 20 cents a bushel because of the shorter supply. However, the corn prices dropped last week following the previous weekand#8217;s all-time high prices. Corn is enjoyed in more ways than on the cob and is present in a variety of foods as cornstarch or corn syrup.

Yoplait yogurt, wheat bread, soft drinks, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup, instant coffee and tea, candy bars, peanut butter, cereal, four tortillas.

The harvest shortfall wonand#8217;t just affect your plate. Cornstarch and processed corncobs are used in most of these products during the manufacturing stage.

A few exampes are: tires, cosmetics, fertilizer, toothpaste, spark plugs, antibiotics, paint, paper plates and cups, insecticides and disposable diapers.

Whatever the cost of this summer staple crop, one thing is certain: there is a corn in just about everything. Since there are such a variety of uses for corn, its demand does not seem to be slowing down. Savor the cheaper kernels while you can.

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and#8212; Martina Geronimo is a journalist and freelance writer for http://www.foodonthetable.com.