During their 12 week growing cycle, plants require full sun, a deep bed of rich well-drained soil, and copious amounts of water during peak summer months to fully mature. Again, garden area is an important factor since plants only produce one or two ears per stalk.
Generally two weeks from the time corn silk appears is when sweet corn is ripe and ready for picking. In the U.S., watch for common corn pests such as flea beetles when plants are young and tender, or corn earworms and corn rootworm beetles as the cobs begin to mature.
Especially in southern US states, also watch for Stewart's wilt where the bacterial disease is most prevalent.
On the Web - How to grow corn
Watch Your Garden Grow - Corn - Browse through a comprehensive guide with information on planting, growing, water & sun requirements, fertilizing, including an extensive
list of varieties and characteristics, troubleshooting tips for pests & diseases, nutritional benefits, serving suggestions
and related recipes.
Sweet Corn : Getting Started - This is an online tutorial from the National Garden Association on soil preparation, fertilizing, pollination, general care & maintenance, harvesting tips, with related corn lore & trivia.