Publication Date

2014 12:00 AM

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Corn stover is abundant and ubiquitous throughout the Midwest. There is many opportunities for cattlemen to utilize corn stover as a low-cost forage alternative. The best option remains grazing. However, many circumstances prohibit grazing and thus mechanical harvest of corn stover needs to be further investigated. Harvesting corn stover at a high moisture may allow cattle farmers to produce a more palatable feed with less waste. Thus, eliminating two of the major challenges corn stover presents as a feedstuff. Harvesting high moisture corn may be a current practice for feedlots and larger farming operations. Earlier harvest dates associated with high moisture corn harvest may also be conducive to cover crop establishment and subsequent yields of cover crops. Producing stalklage as a forage may be part of a system that yields more value per acre, thus helping farmers deal with elevated land costs.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

New uses of stover: Stalklage as alternative forage

Corn stover is abundant and ubiquitous throughout the Midwest. There is many opportunities for cattlemen to utilize corn stover as a low-cost forage alternative. The best option remains grazing. However, many circumstances prohibit grazing and thus mechanical harvest of corn stover needs to be further investigated. Harvesting corn stover at a high moisture may allow cattle farmers to produce a more palatable feed with less waste. Thus, eliminating two of the major challenges corn stover presents as a feedstuff. Harvesting high moisture corn may be a current practice for feedlots and larger farming operations. Earlier harvest dates associated with high moisture corn harvest may also be conducive to cover crop establishment and subsequent yields of cover crops. Producing stalklage as a forage may be part of a system that yields more value per acre, thus helping farmers deal with elevated land costs.