This is his passion.
So I ask him about it.
A good crop is measured by the number of rows on a cob and how far to the tip the kernels grow. This one has 16 rows and covers almost all the cob. These results are determined by the quality of the soil and the fertilizer it's able to take up, the amount of rain and sun, and pest infestations. Corn removes a lot of the nutrients from the soil so it is only planted in the same fields every two years.
When it is this dry the kernels are spongy in the cob, like rows of loose teeth.
You may have remembered my mouse issue. I recently relented and bought the non-catch-and-release type and one mouse was removed from my house. One mouse, I am told, means many more. My gift of Dent Corn was placed on my counter with the bet that a mouse would eat the corn before entering the trap. Neither of us won. I think my mouse problem has ended. Smart mice.