Freezing temperatures in January damaged early planted sweet corn in the Southern California desert, with several fields having to be re-planted, according to USDA/NASS.

Weather conditions during February and March were favorable, with unseasonably warm temperatures in March boosting crop growth and development. No disease or pest problems were reported. In Florida, some acreage was lost due to a mid-February freeze. Nationally, acreage for harvest is forecast at 32,500 acres, down 4 percent from a year ago.