Starts With The Letter … C

My Scavenger Hunt Sunday post starts with the letter C!  Chopping Corn for Cattle!

At frist glance this field of corn looks monochromatic.  Look a little closer and you can find indications that the corn is ready to chop.  Most of the corn ears are in the dent stage and the leaves are starting to turn brown.  This level of corn maturation means that the corn has potential for a high feed value and there is little nutritional loss in the leaves and stocks.

The once soft hair like corn silks turn brown as the corn matures.  The corn changes from soft kernels, in the early stages of development, to hard kernels as starch content increases.

This is the first time Jim or his Dad has planted corn.  We don’t have all the equipment needed to chop corn, so J made a deal with the neighbors.   They came over to chop early last week.  One evening and two big days later the crop was harvested.

As the chopper runs along the corn row it cuts the plants and blows the feedstuffs into the high-dump.  Once the high-dump is full it gets dumped on a truck.  The trucker takes the feed to the silage pile to be packed.  The plants get turned upside down several times in the process.

Silage is stored in a pile on the ground or in a bunker.  It is necessary to pack the feed to preserve its nutritional value until feeding the silage to livestock.

Another fall job in the books!  It was fun to watch J take on this experiment.  It’s amazing how one little seed can go through its life cycle and produce so much high quality feed.


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13 Responses to Starts With The Letter … C

  1. Peter B says:

    Interesting post and nice photography!

  2. Pat says:

    Great shots showing the process.

  3. Carol says:

    Love reading and seeing your photos on Ranch Wife Chronicles ~ so good ~ (A Creative Harbor) on Blogger ^_^

  4. I love reading your posts about farm life…so different from mine. But I did think about you this weekend at the Sandwich fair….they had huge displays of farming equipment along with cows, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens etc.

  5. What an amazing post, love knowing about this! I especially love that IH truck… Thanks for sharing with Weekly Top Shot #47!

  6. Carletta says:

    Thanks for the farm lesson Robyn!
    Your pics are wonderful.
    Thank goodness for good neighbors.

  7. Tanya says:

    great pics with the tutorial 😀

  8. emily says:

    Will you be doing it again next year? On our drive we saw many fields that were in the process, I haven’t looked through my photos from the weekend though to see if any of them turned out.

    • Robyn says:

      I am guessing that we will plant corn again. It will depend on if we like feeding it. From everything we hear we will love it. For next year, it will also depend on if we get any rain.

  9. Candy C. says:

    Interesting post Robyn! I learn sooo much from my fellow bloggers! 🙂

  10. Nancy says:

    Happy for you that you planted the corn with this in mind — many farmers around here were planning to take the grain to Conagra, but there’s not enough to make the trip for some.

  11. DebC says:

    Loved reading about this process…
    even though I live in Indiana (lots of corn here)
    I’ve never had the process explained to me.
    Great photos to show what was happening 🙂

  12. Deborah says:

    loved you post …
    and glad your feeding cattle instead of feedstock for ethanol!

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