The early fall frosts affect the corn crop in the central and northern states more or less each year. The crop of 1902 was seriously damaged in many sections by the early September frost. The yield per acre was very much reduced. The percentage of marketable corn was a variable quantity. In some sections practically all of the corn was worthless from a regular market standpoint, due to the fact that it was too soft and watery for shipping purposes.
This presented a serious condition of affairs. There was then but one way to utilize that portion of the crop which was soft and immature. It must be fed to live stock.
Kennedy, W. J.; Rutherford, W. J.; Dinsmore, Wayne; and Smith, W. W.
"The feeding value of soft corn for beef production.,"
Bulletin: Vol. 7
, Article 1.
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