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Agronomy

Does harvesting corn at 25% or so and paying the drying cost really pay like the experts claim?

Wondering if anyone has tried harvesting wetter corn and dried it. Does it result in a better profit margin/acre, or is this idea brought to you by the propane lobby? I have read a few articles on it, but mentioned it to one agronomist that I deal with and he gave me the look like I was smoking something. Just wondering if there is any real world data, and what are some variables that should be considered?

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

Here in MN, 25% corn is not uncommon at all. I'd much prefer to be running 20-21% through the whole system, but our harvest windows can be ...

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Does it make a difference when you are hauling corn straight to the elevator from the field?

Verified FBN Member (MN)

I would be very cautious of hauling to the elevator. Most shrink charts show in the 1.1-1.2 percent per point range (ie 20% corn loses about...

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If stalks are weak and the field needs to be harvested prior to lodging, then harvesting above optimal grain moisture may greatly reduce the...

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

I would rather dry 25% moisture corn on a 70° day than 20% moisture corn on a 20° day.

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

Farming on my own since 1979 and truer words have never been written and this is the year to remember them . Don't muck around worrying get...

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After drying 20% corn at near 0, Truer words could not be spoken.

Verified FBN Member (IL)

********* said the outside temperature can make a huge difference the cost of drying corn in 70 degree weather as apposed to 30 degree weath...

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

I've done some work on this the last few years in my hybid plot. Picked 8 rows wet then wiat and pick 8 rows dry. My preliminary work says...

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

I have been doing the same thing as ***** on my farm and i completely agree that it is by hybrid. I place hybrids that loose the most yield ...

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

Would this be a use for FBN Seed Finder? Search yield by moisture and yield by harvest date?

Verified FBN Member (ND)

If $3 corn is over 24% moisture leave some for spring! I am not kidding. Modern varieties can stand it. With modern equipment you can dea...

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Verified FBN Member (NE)

We had varieties dropping ears just due to ear shank issues, then came 50 mph winds. Losses were in excess of 80 bushels per acre. No math r...

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Verified FBN Member (ND)

Im harvesting 16 moisture corn right now. Would actually have waited longer but didn't get any falls work done last fall and this spring i...

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Verified FBN Member (IL)

I’m in the camp of letting corn field dry to as close to 20% as possible and I plan and plant my hybrids maturities to hopefully always have...

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Verified FBN Member (SD)

This year we kept track of the propane and electric cost of drying our wet corn all averaged about 19.5% and was dried down to 14%. We dried...

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Verified FBN Member (MN)

Averaged 25% on all corn this year through dryer . We are on natural gas so I have low fuel cost . We dried a significant amount of corn ov...

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for us id rather start at 28% or so now we dont go hog wild we have a top dry grain bin, but its easy to dry at 80 degrees that 40 what we d...

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