2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Pasture Corn” Boosts Late Season Grazing
As expected, cattle graze at the level of the top of the slot. The growing point of corn is below ground until the 5-leaf stage, and by that time the plant is well rooted and isn’t easily pulled up by the cow. Cattle stay out of the slot so there’s no trampling of the plants.
Last summer I planted the pasture corn in late July. We had a cool August, so by mid September, when the photo was taken, the corn was still quite small. The slot doesn’t have to be as wide as the one shown in the photo.
A short-line equipment manufacturer took an interest in this idea a while back, but nothing ever developed. I still think a 2-row tillage unit could be married to ground-driven corn planter units to make a reasonably priced unit.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glenn Page (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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