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The processing industry question? The husks are removed on husking beds which a basically rollers which grab the leaves and pull them off. Then the ears are funneled onto a linear moving line. They are put into a single file with the top (pointed end) first. Then they go through a single loaded “cutter”. The cutter looks like an iris from a DSLR camera. The “iris” is a group of cutting knives which are spring-loaded and open to surrounding the ear hugging the cobb. The aperture opens as the diameter of the ear dilates. The kernels are then collected onto a belt below are then ready for further processing.
We farmers are paid by the ton of whole ears delivered. I would rather be paid by “case count”. The case count is the number of ears required to file a case of canned corn. The lower number of ears means the processing company is getting more kernels per unit of waste. The case count is affected by the depth of the kernel and the length of the usable ear.
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