September 19, 2011

Allow your corn to dry in the fields if you can

This years weather has been difficult, not a typical year. But Iowa State University agriculture engineer Charles Hurburgh recommends leaving the crops out a little longer to dry out, but only if you know the stalks can hold on until the combine rolls. "If you determine that particular fields have stalk rot, which is prevalent this year, harvest those fields early and dry the corn. At current corn prices, drying is preferable to grain loss. At US$2 (€1.466) per gallon for propane, the drying cost in an average dryer for one point of moisture is equal to about 0.25 percent field loss, with US$7 (€5.13) corn". Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers.
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