Corn yields in northeastern Kansas have been impressive so far this fall, farmer Ken McCauley tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. The one challenge? High moisture levels.
"We started at 26%, and several around us started at the same time, and they have a little less moisture, different hybrids I’m sure," McCauley says. "The ideal to me would be 22% or less than 25%. They tell me that the difference in 22% and 26% moisture is double the cost, so you don’t really want to do any more than you have to because it gets pretty expensive. "
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That results in more truck trips and more grain-drying time before heading to the elevator, which prefers corn stay beneath 16.5% or 17% moisture, McCauley says. He’s trying to get as much crop to market before harvest pressure further drops prices.
"Whenever you start dealing with corn that wet, it just doesn’t roll, it just doesn’t slide, and you’ve got to haul extra bushels. Your truck doesn’t hold as much. Then you’ve got to shrink that moisture out of it."
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