Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Why is Corn Left In the Field to Die?

It’s not Dying, it’s Drying!

I live in Nebraska and during the fall every year I drive by fields and fields of corn that appear to be dying.  I often wonder why farmers let their corn die?  I decided it was time to educate myself on the matter.  I thought it might be worth sharing.  A great source is http://www.nebraskacorn.org/

The fact of the matter is 99% of the corn grown in Nebraska is not the sweet corn on the cob you would eat at your Fourth of July barbecue.  The corn that appears to be dying in the fields is actually drying in the fields.  The moisture content needs to be drained from field corn.  This can be done in a special dryer, but it costs money, so why not let nature do the work?  It makes sense to me now.

Dent corn, or field corn is used in places I have never really thought about in the past.  I would like to share just a few I found interesting.

8 of my favorite "Corn Products"

Corn Based Plastic


Corn Syrup

I did know this one already, but was surprised by many more products that use it than I originally knew about.


Eco Friendly Diapers


Many glues and adhesives


Gum


Gypsum Drywall
The Corn Helps Prevents Mold

Many Cosmetics


Even Toothpaste

So the moral of the story is, corn is the number one product raised in Nebraska.  99 percent of the fields I drive by are actually growing field corn.  It was never meant to be the corn on the cob you find on your dinner plate.

Oh, did I mention Nebraska is also the largest grower of popcorn!  

That's my favorite corn!