A net profit of P118,920 from a half hectare of corn grown in 75 days is very good. Right? Yes! That’s what Carmelo Prado got when he planted for the first time Fortune variety of sweet corn on half a hectare in Montecillo, Sariaya, Quezon.
In February 2018, Carmelo 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. That’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.
Sweet Fortune was introduced by Ramgo Seeds in 2016 and has now become a favorite of sweet corn growers because it is claimed to be good for planting anytime of the year because it is said to be resistant to diseases prevalent during the rainy season.