field corn


Definition of field corn

: corn (such as dent corn or flint corn) with starchy kernels that are used especially as livestock feed or processed into food products (such as cornmeal, corn oil, and corn syrup) or ethanol

Examples of field corn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While seed corn makes up less than one percent of the corn grown in the U.S. by acreage, commercial field corn exports rely on these hybrid seeds, making detasseling an essential part of the $75 billion industry. Julian Epp, The New Republic, 5 Nov. 2021 The corn source depends on the type, with Iowa bringing in nearly 2.3 billion bushels of field corn, followed by Illinois with about 2.1 billion and Nebraska with almost 1.8 billion. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2021 Most of the corn in the United States is field corn—around 99 percent—but only seed corn is detasseled. Julian Epp, The New Republic, 5 Nov. 2021 Kevin Costner introduced it, chirping crickets contributed to the soundtrack and the Sox nearly blew the game in the ninth inning before winning on Tim Anderson’s walk-off home run into the right-field corn. Paul Sullivan,, 4 Oct. 2021 Tim Anderson gave Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams Game a Hollywood ending by hitting a home run into the right-field corn to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 9-8 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night. Mark Inabinett |, al, 13 Aug. 2021 Hemmed in by rows of DeKalb field corn, the field affects an old-timey appearance, with faux wood scrims pasted onto the outfield’s padded walls. Lamond Pope,, 13 Aug. 2021 Historically in the Levant, field corn was grown then dried and made into a coarse flour that was used to make breads called karadeesh. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Modern corn is actually a tall annual grass, and all kinds, including ornamental corn, popcorn, field corn and sweet corn, are varieties of a single species: maize. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of field corn

1808, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field corn was in 1808

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4 Dec 2021

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“Field corn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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