New Corn Quality Concerns Publication Provides Timely Info for Pig Farmers


Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center

via FarmJournal's Pork - July 15, 2021


Corn is a major ingredient in swine diets (ranging from 70 to 88% on a weight basis), which makes corn the primary energy source for most swine rations. The quality of the corn in these rations can impact animal performance and other management considerations.


A new publication from Iowa Pork Industry Center, Corn Quality – Concerns When Grain Does Not Reach Maturity, offers preharvest, harvest and postharvest considerations for swine producers who grow their own corn and manufacture feed on-farm, as well as for nutritionists and feed mills. Iowa State University extension swine specialist Mark Storlie is the author. He said the content offers good reminders especially during times of environmental stress or shortened growing seasons.


“Grain which does not reach maturity or is stressed during the growing season due to weather, nutrients, disease, or weed competition may be more prone to quality issues,” he said...


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