Introduction to Field Corn Production and Management

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Ear of cornCorn is mainly grown for livestock feed, but is rapidly increasing for production of ethanol, a renewable fuel.

 

Field Corn Production

Corn kernels at dent stage.

Corn (Zea mays L.) is grown in every state in the United States and the southern provinces of Canada. Corn is a summer annual crop where the seeds are planted in the spring, the resulting plant grows during the summer, reproduces seed, and is harvested in the fall.

Corn is mainly grown for livestock feed, but is rapidly increasing for production of ethanol, a renewable fuel.


 

 

Corn in no-till conditions.

The term "corn" generally refers to the major grain crop in a region. For example, "corn" in Europe or the Middle East would normally refer to wheat (Triticum spp.). The term "maize" is used across the globe to refer to Zea mays.

Corn or maize originated in the Americas, possibly in what is now Mexico. Corn is grown widely across the world, and demand for this feed grain is growing.

For more information on this and other topics related to corn production, contact your state extension corn specialist or your local extension educator/agent.

Following is the link to the corn extension specialists: state extension corn specialist.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.