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Healthy corn plants could be trapping starch

Agronomically speaking, healthier corn plants equate to improved crop performance and yield. Crop protection practices resulting in healthier corn likely also contribute to more efficiency with nutrient utilization. In theory, this takes place by way of reducing energy demand or other resource allocation necessary to fend off disease pressure or damage on the plant’s part.

This is a fascinating interaction within the plants, with yield and also crop quality ramifications. During industry meetings, webinars, podcasts, and within the Feeding Fundamentals column, we’ve been spending quite a bit of time covering agronomy and animal nutrition interactions. The focus has been silage to this point, and I believe we have a reasonable understanding of how improved seed genetics and crop protection practices are contributing to greener, healthier plants and improved fiber digestibility but lesser grain digestibility in silage. We covered this topic in depth with the inaugural Herd It Here podcast. Give the episode a listen for more detail.

It applies to grain, too

John Goeser

May 4, 2023

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