Hans Stein, Ph.D., University of Illinois
I will talk today about the nutritional value of this high oil corn from Byron Seeds that we have worked with. As you probably know, corn is called maize in most countries globally. It is a stable cereal grain used both for human and animal feeding but is made mainly for animal feeding nowadays. We do see new culture bars quite often, and as Jim pointed out, he and I are kind of old, so we have seen this high oil corn come and go in cycles over the years. This high oil corn is a bit different from today because it seems to have some real added value at least in terms of feed value and nutritional value. We’ve seen high oil corn has more energy and that is not surprising because this is energy coming primarily from fat, so if we have more fat, we have more energy in the seeds for animals. This is one example that was done quite a few years ago in our lab, and in that case, we also had an increase in digestible amino acids. If you have more energy and more amino acids, you usually have a higher nutritional value for the animals.
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