Many uses for crop in­clud­ing ad­he­sive and cloth­ing

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NO OTHER crop utilises sun­light more ef­fec­tively than maize, and its yield per hectare is the high­est of all grain crops.

The prod­ucts of maize not only feed hu­mans and an­i­mals, but are also used in a va­ri­ety of other down­stream prod­ucts.

The starch part of the ker­nel is used in foods and many other prod­ucts such as ad­he­sives, cloth­ing and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal tablets and in pa­per pro­duc­tion. The starch can be con­verted into sweet­en­ers.

The oil from the em­bryo is used in cook­ing oils, mar­garine and salad dress­ings.

The pro­tein, hulls and sol­u­ble part of the maize ker­nel are used in an­i­mal and poul­try feed.

Maize is har­vested from May to Au­gust, de­pend­ing on when the farmer planted his fields. – Helmo Preuss

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