Some of you plant corn in your food plots for deer. Canamaize is an option for all of you to consider. Canamaize is a short stature corn that requires a low amount of heat units for maturity. There is a roundup ready variety that is only 67 days to mature. There is also a conventional hybrid that needs 65 days to mature. Canamaize typically will grow to be 4-6 feet tall. It’s short stature and dense cover also makes Canamaize excellent wild bird habitat. Another advantage of Canamaize’s shorter plant height is the ability to see deer moving through it. Canamaize’s lower ear placement also allows for deer and other wildlife the ability to more effectively graze on the corn, as the ear placement is closer to the ground.
Canamaize comes in a conventional version that is 63 days to maturity and a roundup ready version that is 67 days to mature. These shorter day maturities can allow some of you who have shorter growing seasons the ability to plant corn. It also allows food plotters the ability to plant corn in a year where mother nature comes into play and gives us an extremely wet spring. In many areas you could plant Canamaize as late as the last few days of June.
Nutritionally Canamaize has advantages over most new varieties of corn. The roundup variety contains the original roundup ready 1 trait. They are not all the stacked traits that have some nutritional disadvantages. The result is a higher protein corn that tends to be more desirable to deer. You see a more effective grazing of the corn. Again, because the ears are placed lower to the ground, you see less stalks knocked down and a mess made of the field.
Canamaize comes in a small round seed. It is about ¾ the size of a standard kernel of corn. The advantage of this is the ability to drill the corn like soybeans. This would give us a thick field that would be more of a bedding and cover area for upland game birds as well as deer. The kernel size also allows one to mix the corn with soybeans, creating a blend. This would reduce the deer’s ability to over-consume your soybeans.
Canamaize will produce slightly smaller ears than 90-110-day varieties of corn but It will still yield decent. You will need less fertilization and because of the faster maturity, you will better handle the challenges that mother nature throws at us.