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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Is the combine ready for harvest?

Some producers are already starting to harvest corn.  With low yields and small ears expected, how do we get the most out of the combine?  This article from Iowa State University gives some advice.  Another issue is going to be standibility.  Stressed corn is subject to more stalk rots and just weak stalks.  Corn plants have absorbed nutrients and moisture from the stalks in order to make grain this year.  I know it is tempting to let it dry in the field, but people need to keep an eye on how it is standing.  With a short crop, you cant afford to leave any in the field.   If hot and dry continues, there may be a limited need for gass to dry, but if not we will may need to bite the bullet. 

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