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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

One of the most important parts of winter corn grazing is your fencing! Not only will your neighbours appreciate your cattle staying out of their yard, but it’s also an important factor in grazing efficiency.

Controlled access ensures that feed waste is minimized, nutritional value is maximized, and body condition is easily controlled.

Fencing Tips
  1. Use a well-designed system such as Gallagher Power Fencing Systems. Be sure the grounding system is suitable for winter usage.
  2. Use a 2 wire grounding system.
  3. Always stay one section ahead of the cows and have extra fence ready. Having a second fence already set up allows you to turn the cows out into the next field immediately.
  4. Cut or push down corn stalks with a tractor or quad to prevent corn stalks from falling on your fence and disabling the system.
  5. To install posts into frozen ground – drill a hole in the ground and pound in rebar. Use post insulators to hold the wire to the post.
  6. Use hand reels for rolling up and laying wire.
  7. Train cows to the fence before grazing so they are accustomed to the system and respect the fence line.

Planting The Seed

75% of the corn yield are achieved at planting season!

If you’ve decided to grow corn, soil temperature at planting needs to be at least 10C with air temperatures averaging 12C (no less than 4C!). This usually happens after May 10, but either end of May is generally tolerable without significant costs to yields.

Under ideal conditions, corn seed should be planted 1.5 inches or deeper. This varies depending on weather and soil conditions. Every field is unique and requires a particular planting depth depending on conditions at time of planting. For example, deeper planting may be necessary under dry conditions.

Did you plant too shallow?

You may have planted too shallow if you see:

  • Shallow crown root development
  • Less favourable position of growing point and first noble roots
  • Uneven plant emergence
  • Poor root establishment
  • Rootless corn syndrome (definition? pictures?)
  • Feeding damage by birds and rodents
  • Herbicide injury

It’s our job to protect your yield at all acceptable costs. This involves conditioning the soil, placing quality seed, matching the seed to field and harvest type, and choosing chemical weed controls.