Improving Corn Quality

Corn has different quality standards depending on the use of the crop.

Corn grown for animal feed would need to have high protein and starch content, and for human consumption it should have low moisture level as well as high grain weight. Good crop nutrition will ensure high protein and energy levels of grain in the corn cob. It will also help to boost the quality of the ensiled leaf material in forage crops.

Crop Nutrition and Corn Quality 

Nitrogen and sulphur increase grain corn protein. Nitrogen supply has to be balanced to ensure good plant growth without increasing lodging risks and delaying maturity. An adequate amount of the nutrient lowers grain moisture content at maturity. 

Potassium has a role to play in improving the level of amino acid and protein content in grain corn. 

Phosphorus reduces grain moisture at harvest bringing forward corn crop maturity. 

Micronutrient supply is also important in helping to maintain growth processes that encourage high yields of good quality grain.