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Taber Corn hitting stands across Southern Alberta this week

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TABER, AB – Southern Alberta’s sweet summer treat will soon be on a stand near you.

The first cut of Taber Corn is being harvested this week, making it one of the earliest crops in years.

Joe Johnson, With Johnson Fresh Farms in Taber says the heat this summer, especially early on in the growing season, along with a lot of irrigation has put this year’s crop ahead of schedule. He says they didn’t think the first cut would be ready until early in August, but the weather really pushed things along.

“The corn loves the heat,” says Johnson.

This year, local corn crops have been fortunate to have dodged any significant hail storms too, which has helped things overall.

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You might have noticed stands already set up in the usual spots around Lethbridge, Taber, Coaldale and few other locations around the area.

The first corn will likely be for sale by Wednesday.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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