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immature corn, frost damaged corn, forage alternatives

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ExEx 8151


Plant Science


Delayed spring planting and early frost can each contribute to significant reductions in grain yield and (or) the value of the grain due to low test weight or high moisture. Under these circumstances, consider alternative harvest options for your corn crop. One viable option is to harvest the crop as forage. Generally, the first option producers think of when faced with immature or frost-damaged corn is to chop the fields for silage or earlage. While this method of harvest will work extremely well and can provide several tons of high quality feed, it may not be the best option if you are not accustomed to making silage. Other alternatives include grazing the corn plants in the field or harvesting the crop as hay.