While more propane is being delivered to states such as North Dakota, transportation is still slower than normal, farmer Jay Myers of Colfax says. At times, that has meant pushing the harvest brakes to 40 acres per day of corn.
"When we’ve got corn standing out in the field, we don’t want to shut down," Myers tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. "Some of the things we’ve been doing to get through this is putting wet corn in other bins that we can pull out and dry later. It’s kind of been really an extra step and a lot of extra work doing that, but you try to weigh the options of what’s better, whether you should leave the crop in the field.
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"There’s a rain or snow predicted almost every other day, it seems like. I think next week we’re going to have a few days of some nicer weather, but we get this time of the year, anything can happen."
To salvage corn while he waits on propane, Myers has been putting corn at roughly 20% moisture in bins to be pulled out later for drying. Other farmers in the region have been storing corn at 25% moisture, which can put the crop at risk for freezing.
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