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Why don't farmers cut down their entire corn field and leave long rows standing?


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September 06, 2007 1:25AM

I'm not sure I am reading your question correctly but if your referring to the few rows left standing after the bulk of the field has been harvested it is to have a sampling of the field to show crop damage caused by deer etc.

Answer #2, from Iowa Yes, vague question. Some corn is actually cut off a few inches above the ground to make what is called "silage" to feed cattle. The entire plant is used. Nothing is left except short stubble in the field. This is done earlier than picking, when the corn is still green. However, when corn is picked, only the ears are removed and the bent over stocks are left in the field. If a farmer uses part of a field for silage, it will be cut, leaving the other part to mature and be picked at a later date.