Corn is used in many different ways. Corn and its by products are used in animal feeds, cornstarch, corn oil, corn sweeteners, and ethanol. Originally corn was grown for animal's to eat or to be ground into corn meal which was used for food products. But as technology advanced in the uses of corn have changed and increased such as the use of corn in sweeteners, high frutose corn syrup and oils.
Because of the many uses of corn,
people are using more and more of it in the United States and around the world.
The demand to ship or export corn overseas to foreign countries is increasing.
More companies are turning to corn products for industry because of its many
uses. Scientists called genetic engineers are developing new types of corn that
can withstand different types of environments so that production capabilities
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Corn needs the temperatures to be not too hot or too cold, but moderate during pollination period. Corn also needs plenty of moisture and full sun to grow in the best possible conditions. Soil that has high organic matter helps to hold or retain water longer so that it is the best type of dirt to grow corn in.
In order for corn to be ready in August or September, it is planted in April to early May. Depending on the soil temperature and moisture, sprouts usually appear above ground in about seven to ten days. Once the corn is planted, it usually takes about 185 days before it is ready to be harvested or taken from the fields. Once taken from the fields corn can be stored on the farm in grain bins or sold to processors who will turn the corn into other products like syrups and cornstarch.
When corn is harvested, farmers use a special piece of equipment called a grain combine. Before grain combines, the corn ear was pulled by hand and carried to a corn sheller. During the production process of corn, pesticides are used to prevent damage. Herbicides are used to control grass weeds and insecticides are used to control insects.
There is not an inspection that corn
must go through before it is packaged or sold. When inspection is necessary
state officials from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services inspect the corn using United States Department of Agriculture standards.
When corn is graded not every piece of corn is looked at. A representative sample
is obtained from the truck where the corn is stored and it is graded. Corn is
a type of grain and grain standards are set according to weight, foreign material
Most corn in North Carolina is used for animal feed. Some farmers drive the corn straight from the farm to a grist mill where it is then turned into feed. Some farmers take their corn to a corn buyer who buys corn from lots of farmers and stores it. Once the buyer has a lot of corn, he or she then sells it in bigger quanitities to the mills.
North Carolina doesn't grow as much
corn as it needs. There are so many hog farms and poultry farms in North Carolina
that a lot of corn is needed to feed the animals. North Carolina doesn't grow
enough to feed all the animals that need it in-state. To make up the difference,
North Carolina must buy corn from other states.
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period: the time when the fine, powder-like material produced
by plants (called pollen)
is taken from one plant to another
|2. ethanol: alcohol|
|3. organic matter: particles in the soil such as fertilizers or mulch that has no chemicals or man-made materials|