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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Forages: Corn

Dr. Dennis Hancock,
Forage Extension Specialist
Crop & Soil Sciences Dept. Corn

Corn (or maize) originated in Southern Mexico and is notable for its tremendous forage yields (8 - 12 tons of DM/acre) and high energy content. In Georgia, corn is primarily grown for grain (225,000 acres), but a substantial acreage (40,000 acres) is planted to corn for silage each year, as well. Management of corn for silage is practically identical to corn grown for grain, with the exception of plant populations (for some hybrids) that are up to 10% higher than corn grown for grain. For more information on corn management, visit the “Georgia Grains” web site.