Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Corn Stover

Is this corn stover or corn stubble? In GriggsDakota we use the terms interchangeably, but there is an important difference. Stubble is considered leftover stalks in a field. Stover is acknowledged to contain grain and other field waste that is of value. Click Here to read about an interesting 2007 Iowa Court case that explains and defines the value of corn stover. 
 So, corn stubble or corn stover, Cattleman Jim knows this will be a treat for his cattle who have been in pastures eating grass through the Summer and early Fall.
The trailer on the right contains fencing supplies. He puts down the posts and rolls out the wire.
 He then raises the wire up and strings it through the yellow insulator on the post.
 Presto! An electric wire fence. Notice our beautiful cover crop of turnips, radishes and lentils on the left of the above photo. The cattle are not invited to feast on that yet.
 A battery and fencer charges the fence and will keep the cattle on the corn field.
There is plenty of stover on this stubble to keep the cattle chewing for quite a while.
Tomorrow, watch them arrive.

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