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Best Farming System Testimonial – Corn – Raymond Marquette


It was a gamble when we started with corn;
everybody yelled “oh that’s never going to grow!” It’s worked for me for fourteen years
so, and if I can get it taller and bigger crops, that’s all I want. How I started with
this Best spray, I silage so I see a lot of different crops, and this one gentleman’s
last years silage of corn, his plant was lush green and his cobs were 100 percent mature
to silage. Where typically when waiting for a frost to get the sugars up, and it looks
like the plant is 100 percent dead, but there’s still too much water in there to make silage.
His was, the plant was still green and the cobs were dried down. We chop around two thousand
acres of corn, for different people; his was far superior than all the rest we chopped
for quality, and when the feed analysis came back, his was was superior to mine and of
the dairy farmers. My theory to that was, the only thing different from his crop to
my crop or the other guy’s crop was Best and that’s why I tried it; my theory is “you gotta
grow more on less acres.” We’re looking for development of it, and size of course, and
how far it gets filled to the end (because every seed is tonnage). You can see the yellow
in here, so the starches have already come up, started coming up, so they’re filling
with sugars already and typically we’re two less rows of corn on this variety of corn,
and we’re full right to the end and they’re developed right to the very tip – that’s very
unusual, for filling and developing. Typically if we can get another week of nineteen or
twenty degrees, this will be very close to being ready for silage and there’s no browning
of the leaves. On the other side there’s a little bit more browning of the leaves where
it isn’t sprayed; it’s still healthy, but not as healthy, like you can tell by the leaves
– there’s no browning in the middles, the leaves are just simply healthy, they’re not
breaking down and breaking and hanging. This corner is all grown with seventy five pounds
of nitrogen, and where we’re standing, half the field is sprayed with Best, in a two pass
with my roundup, and it’s great. Like it’s growing, where we were putting two hundred
pounds, and no Best, because it maybe wasn’t around yet, and the plant would be a foot
to two feet shorter, on the same active growing year. Corn typically is for heat, and where
we live is not a tremendous amount of heat; yes they’re breeding corn to take less heat
units; so typically we’re chopping corn in October, late October. Which is close to snowfall,
and some people get a little leery, but with these new products it seems like it’s speeding
it up two weeks, so we can start chopping corn first part of October – it’s going to
make it a lot more interesting and more people thinking they’re going to get their feed up.
And with the chemicals, we can control weeds, we can do everything, but we can’t make the
corn ripen and I’m thinking, and what I see in the last two years, that Best is helping
on the ripening. On the side that wasn’t treated, in the cobs we’ve broken open and checked,
there’s no browning, which is putting it ten days to two weeks behind in maturity. Dairy
farmers want protein for milk production, the beef guys more on the energy, so the further
we can get the sugars into the cobs the more protein they’re going to get in the cobs,
which is a benefit for beef and dairy. I’m just showing the actual length of the cob
on the initial corn, so we’re there, and on the same plant here’s the second cob, and
I’ll show you how advanced it is, which is very abnormal. Yes it’s smaller but if you
hook them two together, there’s a lot of tonnage there and most of these all have two, very
close to the same. From the looks of the cobs and the development, it’ll be twenty plus
tonnes (I’m hoping for twenty two), because it’s a foot, foot and a half taller. Driving
down the road with a pickup it’s hard to see because you can’t see over it, but it in a
big truck you can see the height difference. This is a different variety of corn, it’s
a little less heat units – as you can see, it’s already full of meat, which is hard dough,
and for this time of year, the first part of September (which I think it’s the fifth)
is not normal for us. This is also the sprayed stuff with Best, and the yellowing from comparing
to this other variety, is all white. We still have similar milk lines, but as you can see,
in the colour, this takes less heat units; but in one week this will be ready to silage.
In the past, typically, the corn has got ten to twelve rows, and this year, we’ve found
quite a few more rows. I’ll count around here, I’ll keep my thumb on this one, one two three
four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen and sixteen,
on a twelve inch/thirteen inch cob, which is a lot of corn seed, and a pile of tonnage.
From the last time we talked or were out here, the corn is matured quite nicely – got a little
more yellow, let’s take this one off, how it’s grown right out of the husks, they’re
totally ripe like just about ready for harvest season actually. As we talked before about
the milk line and how it filled all the way to the end, some dried out just because they
were out of the cob, but as you can see it’s all indented too, the seeds, which mean it’s
ripe. The milk line, all the way up, seeds are literally ripe full of meat and protein
where it was juice before. So it’s matured without a frost, sugars have all come up and
starches – it’s perfect. And on every plant, like it just grew right out of the cobs, and
they’re all the same; they’re ripe. Very rare that we make it without frost bringing up
the sugars, usually we wait for a frost. The leaves are totally brown, we still have green
in our leaves and green in our stalks. Well our moisture is at sixty five moisture, just
because the moisture is gone in the seeds. It’s all meat, which that compensates for
the little greenness in our plant. This is finished product, as you can see here we’ve
got seeds here, and the core as you want to say, and how the seeds are all, we run a kernel
processor so it crushes everything, here’s total seeds just crushed, all meat, no juice.
It’s a phenomenal year for corn. The Best product that I sprayed on, it seems to make
a pile of difference based on the samples we’ve taken from where it was sprayed and
not. I can see our digestibility being up just because of the maturity advance, because
everything matured nature’s way, not on frost – it’s never been this advanced. This is it’s
fourteenth year corn on corn here and I’ve never had it as advanced as this. Some always
run out of moisture or run out of life, but they all matured – like there’s not one that
is any smaller than the next one – they’re perfect! We’re for sure twenty two tonne.
That Best, it’s made a big difference. From the difference I’ve seen this year in my corn,
next year it will all be sprayed with Best and probably most of my cereals and canola
too. I’m Raymond Marquette I have Raydad Farms, we do a custom silaging business and another
year has come and gone. Early in the year we had hail, and I’m thinking we were going
to end up with no tonnage, but as we can see it grew back, it tasseled, made cobs (and
nice cobs), the seeds are full, and see the milk line is right out. You tell me why it’s
doing this, if it wasn’t because of Best. The hail did set the cobs back, but they finished;
they’re not immature, they grew. But when that hail came and cut it in half, I was figuring
on no crop, and it still run right around the nineteen tonne an acre. Also the canola
that was beside it, which was sprayed with Best, and you know usually you get immature
seeds in the canola and greens after hail, the canola there all went number one. I didn’t
spray all my acres with Best, and we got some that went as a number two canola because we
got green seeds and damaged from the hail. The plant just wasn’t as healthy. We’ve cut
back a little bit on our fertilizer with Best, because it is a fertilizer too, so we’ve cut
back probably ten percent – which is more than compensating for the cost. This is my
second year of using Best and this year we did the whole field but last year on the half
that didn’t get sprayed and the half that did, TDN (which is total digestibility) was
higher, crude protein was higher and the energy was higher. Those are the keys to making your
crop digestible for the cows. They didn’t get bunged up, we had no stomach issues, no
bloating; it works… Best works!

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