Information presented above and where trade names are used, they are supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by Ohio State University Extension is implied. It sounds like your corn is infected with rust, a fungus disease that can greatly reduce the yield of your crops. Population effects on grain moisture content were not consistent. Flour corns have rounded kernels in which the soft part of the kernel predominates, and can be ground into flour fine enough to use like wheat flour.
It's harvest time and that means farmers all over the Midwest are bringing in billions of bushels of corn. Corn, in general, is classified as sweet, pop, flour, silage or feed corn, depending on the type of carbohydrate stored in the ear. Corn plants thrive in brilliant sunlight and moist soil and adore loamy, fertile (and I mean fertile) soil.
Using a trowel, set sweetcorn plants 35cm apart with 60cm between rows to form a block. Stress-cracking is the major quality problem caused by high temperature drying and rapid cooling of grain. This causes kernels to be shelled and lost, increases breakage of ear butt kernels and results in ear bounce.
As far as companion plants, corn and potatoes do fine, although corn is a heavy feeder, while potatoes are medium feeders and do better without as much nitrogen (which encourages foliage rather than tuber formation). In addition, no-till reduces soil moisture loss early in the season so more water is available for corn growth later in the season.
Recent work at UW-Madison harvested snaplage at 0.35” TLOC and 1 mm processor gap and resulted in similar particle size of the grain portion compared to RHMC and an estimated total tract starch digestibility of 97% (Akins and Shaver, 2014). This contrasts with hay or grain mixtures, which for safe storage have moisture contents as low as 10 to 13%, that is dry matter contents of 87 to 90%.
You should closely check for loss while the combine is harvesting and make adjustments accordingly. This Corn On The Cob document addresses some questions regarding the harvesting and storage of corn stover for the purpose of delivery to a proposed corn-based pulp mill in northwest Indiana.
Once kernel milkline begins to move, measure moisture of fields intended to be harvested for silage (Table 1). Corn should be first sampled to measure dry matter shortly after full dent stage (80% kernel milk) for bunker silos and bags, at 60% kernel milk for conventional tower silos, and at 40% kernel milk for sealed (oxygen-limited) tower silos.
Spice it up with a sliced red jalapeno, roasted corn kernels and minced cilantro. Earlage is lower in protein than corn grain, and rations based on earlage will require adequate protein supplementation to achieve desired performance levels. This year, home gardeners are still harvesting hot weather vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes in mid-October.
Many popcorn varieties produce one or two ears per plant, so you may have enough by growing just five or six plants. The most accurate method for determining when to harvest is to measure the moisture content. I want the corn to look dried up, but when the time is right, I want the corn out of the field as fast as we can harvest.
"It's been absolutely excellent weather for harvesting, as dry as it's been. The too wet situation is a harvest timing and storage issue; too dry is more of a harvesting issue. When the corn enters the combine, it's fed up into a cylinder, which turns the piece of corn, forcing the kernels loose.