Feeding dairy cows floury grain results in a healthier rumen and increased milk production due to the increase in digestibility in floury grain versus vitreous grain.

During the 1970’s corn exports grew rapidly, leading corn breeders to select hybrids that would stand up to the rigors of the shipping process. The goal was a harder corn kernel that would not break down in transit or grind into a powder as the corn was being shipped. This naturally led to harder, vitreous kernels, which are ideal for export.

Could the hardness of these kernels be the reason they cannot be digested as readily as floury grain?

When it comes to floury grain many of the benefits are very clear, but there do seem to be quite a few misconceptions floating around. As we continue to research floury grain we have been able to debunk these “myths”.

“Floury, nutritionally advanced hybrids don’t yield.”
This myth has been debunked.  In over 100 head-to-head trials across the country, Masters Choice showed a 12.9 bushel/acre advantage.  Impressive.
“If you feed your harder corns as High-Moisture corn, it feeds just as well as the floury stuff”.
High-moisture vitreous corn does not pass as quickly as dry vitreous corn.  In fact, it passes at about the same rate as dry floury corn.