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Floyd Remlinger Farm: Friend of the Corn Lover

Chances are that corn-on-the cob you'll enjoy at

dinner tonight comes to your table courtesy of the

Floyd Remlinger farm of Carnation

As one of the two major corn packing plants in

the state, Remlinger's farm is a busy place for the

five-week fresh corn season, which is just about completed

for 1968.

He employs some 34 regular workers, including

field hands, many of them high school youths from

Carnation, in the process of picking corn near Ellensburg

and Yakima, trucking it to the Carnation plant, and

processing it for delivery to Washington and Oregon

wholesalers.

That whole process has to take just as few hours

as possible. The longer the wait before the ear of corn

meets the dinner plate, the lower the quality of corn.

At the Carnation plant, trucks dump tons of corn

on a concrete slab at the end of a conveyer belt. There,

it's sprayed with cold water until the crew attacks it.

Pulled onto the belt by young women with strong backs, the corn is placed on the belt so that saws on

the right and left trim the shank. Then the corn falls into

a deep refrigerator tank where it takes a 20-minute

swim in water 34 degrees. By the time that bath is over,

the corn has lost all the heat it carried with it from the

field, and is ready for packing.

From the cold bath, the corn moves again by conveyer into a packing shed where more young hands

give it a final culling, then pack it in crates.

The crates move on the conveyer line into cold

storage at 34 to 36 degrees.

On a busy day, delivery trucks move in and out

of the farm six times a day. A busy day means some

54 tons of corn packed and hauled to market in Seattle

and Portland.

"The season is so short, few people have built

the equipment for fresh corn packing," Remlinger said

last week. "There is another big plant near Sunnyside,

and a few small plants around the state. Otherwise, we're

it for most of the Washington and Oregon fresh corn

markets."

This season the Remlinger farm will move some

900 tons of corn, but even this does not come close to

satisfying the market.

"We could sell far more than we can produce,"

he says.

The Carnation grower began packing in 1953, and set up his present equipment in 1961. It involves a

heavy investment in facilities that are then idle for the

remaining 47 weeks of the year.

He plants a few acres of corn around Carnation,

but the bulk of it comes from owned or leased fields east

of the Cascades.

Under proper conditions, the corn takes three

hours to reach Remlinger's packing sheds. Under best

conditions, it is packed, delivered, trucked to retail

markets and in the hands of a Fall City or Portland housewife

18 hours after picking.

Among Valley young people working on the corn operation this season are Pat Engle, Sunee Sadlier,

Sue Knutz, Jan Colgate, Pat DeBoer, Kathy DeBoer,

Sherri Colgate, Rod Thompson, Randy Profitt, Richard

Waiten, Roger Johnson, Larry DeBoer, Suzanne Jones, all

of Carnation, and Mary Louise and Karen Larson of Snoqualmie.

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