PROFITABLE SWEET CORN: P118,920 Profit From 3 Kg Seeds Planted On Half Hectare

Carmelo Prado, 49, of Sariaya, Quezon is one fellow who is in love with sweet corn although at first try, he suffered big losses. He lost a lot of money when his plants were overtaken by the rains in a previous year. He planted then two varieties which he would rather not disclose.

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Carmelo Prado showing a big ear of his Sweet Fortune.

 

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Anna de Grano showing boiled Sweet Fortune at the Field Day in Carmelo’s farm on May 25, 2018 (ZBS photo)

His recovered his confidence in sweet corn after planting a new variety that is claimed to be suitable for planting all-year-round because it is resistant to diseases that are prevalent during the rainy months. This is the Sweet Fortune variety that was introduced by Ramgo International a couple of years ago.

On May 25, 2018, a field day was held at the farm of Carmelo in Brgy. Montecillo in Sariaya where a beautiful stand of Sweet Fortune was witnessed by more than 200 visitors from various parts of Southern Luzon.

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Anna de Grano telling Field Day visitors about the good traits of Sweet Fortune.

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One of the visitors at the Field Day was Nestor Kalaw ย (right) of Lipa City. He intends to plant Sweet Fortune after witnessing the good standing of the crop.

Carmelo was so upbeat in telling about his good fortune in planting Sweet Fortune. Last February (2018), he planted on half a hectare three kilos of Sweet Fortune seeds worth P5,550. Seventy five days after planting, he harvested his crop.

From the three kilos of seeds, he harvested 12,130 Class A ears which he sold for P9 apiece or a total of P109,170; 3,000 Class B ears which he sold for P7 apiece or P21,000; and 1,950 Class C ears which he sold for P5 each or P9,750. Thatโ€™s a total of P139,920. Oh yes, the hybrid produced a high percentage of high class ears.

And how much did he spend to produce his Sweet Fortune? He spent only P21,000 so that he made a profit of P118,920 in a growing period of 75 days. The cost consisted of the seeds, land preparation, fertilizer, crop protection inputs, irrigation and labor.

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Field Day visitors came from various towns of Southern Luzon.

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Carmelo Prado has already reserved 36 kilos of Sweet Fortune seeds for planting during the rainy months this year. He has a standing crop of 2.4 hectares planted on staggered basis starting April 16 to May 6, 2018.

Even before harvesting his first crop in 2018, he had already scheduled the planting of 12 kilos of seeds because of his very good experience with the new variety. On April 16, he planted five kilos on one hectare. This was followed ten days later by five kilos on another one hectare. The third planting of two kilos was on May 6.

And for the rainy months of June to December, Prado has already ordered 36 kilos of seeds. He is very confident that he will succeed, considering the good qualities of the new hybrid. And he is not worried about marketing because he has reliable buyers. Besides, the Southern Luzon Trading Post is right in his hometown where he could dispose of his harvests.

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