I lived most of my life in CT and planted small plots (maybe 25 x 75) of sweet corn for the table. I was fortunate enough to have good ground, good weather, and sufficient rainfall for a good harvest.
Now in Tenn, this year is HOT with sparse rainfall (Athens, TN area) and I see corn in the fields with probably 75%-90% of the stalks brown. It doesn't look like sweet corn so I'm assuming its for livestock feed, other feed, or maybe flour or ethanol (??) I've seen some fields already harvested by chopping ears & stalks (I'm assuming for silage/fodder), but, so far, no one is just harvesting the ears...as I've seen here in the past.
My question is how long can corn stalks be brown before it can no longer be useful as feed, silage, anything!
Inquiring minds want to know! Bob