Financial and Beef Quality Implications of Corn Crop Harvest Options for Cattle Feeders

University of Minnesota/Alfredo DiCostanzo

This project will aid in evaluating shredlage (wholeplant shredded silage), earlage, high-moisture corn and rolled corn as options for most return per acre of corn planted when fed to cattle. By determining the corn crop harvest that maximizes beef yield per acre, additional corn acres would become available on cattle feeding operations when corn grain prices increase to meet demand for corn grain. Finding corn crop harvest options that sustain the beef industry financially will permit a continued thriving market for corn.