High moisture corn delivers the energy benefits of straight grain corn, with the added bonuses of not having to dry or flake it, potentially higher yields and higher available energy, and, frankly, lower risk of crop and harvest losses due to the shorter Western Canada growing season.
“If you can put up quality silage, you can put up high moisture corn,” says cattle producer Leighton Kolk. In this episode of the Beef School, Kolk discusses some key lessons they’ve learned not just on growing and harvesting high moisture corn, but on feeding it as well.
“We’ve found with high moisture corn you can get the full starch benefit, the full energy effect compared to steam flaking dry corn, and with good performance. (The high moisture corn ration) is on par with our barley and wheat diets, even at the higher moisture content,” he says.
Also featured in this Beef School, is Nicole Rasmussen, agronomist for DuPont Pioneer, who talks about perfecting the kernel crack, choosing the right hybrid, harvesting at optimal moisture content, getting ensiling done right, and what risks to watch for both in the bunk and as it’s fed.