What Is The Best Moisture Level For Harvesting Corn?
Sep 20, 2010
Question: What’s your recommendation on the best moisture level for harvesting corn? We’re actually getting a little dry here, but our corn isn’t at 25% yet. That’s what we harvested at the last couple of years when we were really wet.
Answer: A lot of people had to harvest wet corn the past two years, but don’t let the past two years dictate what you do this season. Check-in with your seed dealer for specific recommendations on when to harvest your corn, because the “right” moisture level can vary by hybrid. Also, check corn moisture levels in a number of your fields, as the moisture level can vary quite a bit from field-to-field. Harvest the fields nearest to the optimum moisture levels first.
This blog is provided as an interactive way for you to have your questions answered by our Farm Journal Agronomists. E-mail your nitrogen, soil fertility, soil density, planter set up, scouting, and other questions to TestPlots@FarmJournal.com.