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Field Crops at Oregon State University encompasses many different crops across a variety of production systems. Wheat, potatoes, corn, grass seed, alfalfa, barley and the list goes to as many as 200 plus crops in Oregon. We provide education, training and technical assistance to people with crop-related issues and interests. 

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What is the reason for topping corn stalks?

Aug 2015
I see farmers in Hermiston topping their corn fields. It looks like they chop off the top 2 feet or so. Does this make corn ripen faster or increase the size of the ears or just decrease the amount of roughage going through the combine or something else?

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