YELLOW CORN

Yellow maize is great for people and great for livestock, with both getting the full benefits of this nutritious maize. In many ways, both yellow maize and white maize tend to be the same. The only difference is that yellow maize tends to be slightly more nutritious than white maize, that and the differences in colour. The difference in nutritional value is one that is slight and it won’t affect the overall quality of the product.

Moisture: 14% Max
Foreign Matter: 2% Max
Grain Admixture: 10% Max
Broken Grains: 5% Max
Damaged Kernels: 5% max

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Maize (Zea mays L.) is a major staple food grain throughout the world, particularly in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and a major feedstuff in developed countries. The maize grain has many food (grain, flour, syrup, oil…) and non-food usages (cosmetics, adhesives, paints, varnishes). Maize starch and oil are also major products (Ecocrop, 2010). The maize grain is a major feed grain and a standard component of livestock diets where it is used as a source of energy. Other grains are typically compared to maize when their nutritional value is estimated. Many by-products of maize processing for flour (hominy feed, bran, germs, oil meal), starch (corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal) and alcohol/biofuel industries (distillers’ dried grains and solubles) can be fed to animals.

Maize breeders have created many cultivars that correspond to specific climatic or agronomic conditions and uses. “Dent corn” maize is the most widely grown type of maize and the one typically used for feed. Other types (flint corn, popcorn, sweet corn, flour corn) are more intended for food uses. Some varieties have been created to improve the industrial or nutritional value: high lysine, high tryptophan, high oil, high amylose, low phytate, etc. Brown midrib maize has a lower lignin content resulting in an increased digestibility in livestock. Genetically-modified (GM) maize varieties have been designed to improve grain performances (herbicide resistance, pest resistance, higher yields).

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