You also can process large amounts of the stover and store it in a feed bunker. It will last as long as it is kept away from air, such as under a tarp.
Some producers just run the baler through the field, which leaves about half the material intact and is very hard on the baler. If you have a round baler and are accustomed to baling hay, remember to move the diameter down about 2 to 3 inches when baling corn stalks. Operators say that when the horn goes off, you need to stop immediately or you’ll shear pins.
Producers also have found that abrasion from dirt and grit can be hard on belts and pick-ups. However, when compared with $6- to 8-a-bushel corn, this becomes a very economical option. Researchers reported this corn stover treatment costs roughly $20 a ton.