Corn stalks are one of the better and least expensive winter feeds in corn-growing areas. But once cattle finish eating the grain and husks, what remains isn’t all that good, says
When successful, turnip or rye plants provide more grazing days and extra protein when corn stalks become poor quality.
Even under pivots, providing water for rye or turnips without slowing corn harvest takes planning. Another problem is the dense canopy. Irrigated fields can be especially thick, shading out the new seedlings. This approach might work best in fields where growers plan to harvest the corn early for silage or high-moisture grain.