About California Corn
Grain corn may be processed for livestock feed, human consumption, and industrial products. Food products made from corn include starch, sweeteners, and oil. Industrial products include industrial alcohol and fuel ethanol. Silage produced in California primarily feeds dairy cattle. Corn growers who are not associated with dairies often choose to produce grain or silage based on market conditions. For this reason, California grain corn acreage fluctuates. When market prices for grain are favorable, harvested acreage of grain corn tends to increase. When market prices for grain are not favorable, growers may substitute another crop for corn or harvest their corn as silage. Silage corn acreage consistently exceeds grain corn acreage in California because many corn growers are associated with dairies.
(by Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County, 2015)