Producer Question from 2010
Q: What is the value of ground ear corn per ton. We figure silage at about ten times the price of corn. Having trouble coming up with a price for ground ear corn. (September 21, 2010)
A: The energy value of regular corn is 88% TDN. The energy value of ear corn is around 80% TDN. That makes ear corn about 90% ((80/88)x100) the energy value of corn. Corn and ear corn are both energy sources.
Consider pricing ear corn at 90% the value of corn. If corn is $4.50/bu, then it is $0.0804 per pound or $160.71 per ton. That prices ear corn at $144.64 per ton. You would need to add a processing fee on to that price to cover grinding (fuel, labor, depreciation on equipment) the ear corn.
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science
Animal Science, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE