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Harvesting, drying and storing late-maturing and high-moisture corn


Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Corn reaching maturity about Oct. 1 will normally dry slowly in the field due to cooler outside temperatures. Standing corn in the field may dry about 1.5 to 3 percentage points per week during October and 1 to 1.5 per week or less during November, assuming normal upper midwest weather conditions.

Corn has a moisture content of about 32 percent when it reaches maturity. If it has a moisture content of 32 percent on Oct. 1 and we have normal weather, it may only dry to about 22 percent moisture by Nov. 1. As a general rule, field drying normally is more economical until mid-October. After that, mechanical high-temperature drying is normally more economical.

Cost, insurance factors

Growers who are considering leaving high moisture corn in the field to dry should make sure stalks and shanks are strong. Field losses can range from minor to severe. Compare the cost of drying versus losses associated with leaving the corn in the field. The propane cost per bushel per point of moisture removed can be estimated by multiplying the propane price per gallon by 0.02. For example, the cost to remove 10 points of moisture using $2.00 propane is $0.40. Dividing the propane cost ($0.40) by the corn price ($3.00) provides the percentage of corn losses that will equal the drying cost. For example, $0.40/$3.00 = 0.13 or 13%. Also, verify the impact on your crop insurance on leaving the corn in the field.

Temporary storage considerations

Storage in a poly bag can be a good temporary option, but it does not prevent mold growth or insect infestations. Grain should be dry when placed in a grain bag. Higher moisture corn in a bag should be considered as very short-term storage and only at near-freezing temperatures. Ensiling may occur at moisture content exceeding 25 percent moisture and temperatures above freezing. This will prevent corn from being dried and sold in the general market.

Select an elevated, well-drained location and prepare the surface to prevent punctures in the storage poly bags. Run the bags north and south so solar heating is similar on both sides of the bag. Wild animals can puncture the poly bags, creating an entrance for moisture and releasing the grain smell, which can attract more wildlife. Monitor the grain temperature at several locations in the bags.

Natural air drying, holding corn over the winter

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October Pork Month Fact Sheet brought to you by the National Pork Board

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Pork Facts Pork is the world’s most widely eaten meat. •Pork – 37% •Chicken – 34% •Beef – 25% •Lamb – 4% Each market hog represents 371 servings of pork. U.S. In-Home Pork Consumption by Type •Ham – 31.1% ..... 
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DASH eating plan taps lean pork as menu item

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Adults following the well-documented Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, eating plan also can include lean pork to help lower blood pressure. According to research funded by the Pork Checkoff, people with high blood pressure can benefi ..... 
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Pork Producers connect farm to fork during October Pork Month

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

October became known as Pork Month because it marked the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration to thank pork producers and share their stories with consumers. “If you eat, you have a connection t ..... 
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PorkSquare offers virtual town square for youth interested in pork careers

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

PorkSquare is a virtual town square that links pork industry professionals to the next generation of promising young leaders. The website, located at www.porksquare.com harnesses the power of ..... 
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America’s love for pork continues to burn strong

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Results of a consumer tracking study released by the Pork Checkoff found that more American consumers are reporting an enduring love for pork. Key research findings show more U.S. consumers rate their enjoyment of pork higher than in previous studie ..... 
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Root River Veterinary Center has new owners

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

As of September 4, 2014, the Root River Veterinary Center in Preston, Minn. is under new ownership. Dr. LeAnne Froese and Dr. Deb Finnegan officially took over on September 4, although discussions about the two purchasing the business had been in ..... 
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ATV deaths on the farm

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Katherine Waters, University of Minnesota Extension Many Minnesota farmers use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to check on crops and livestock, inspect and repair irrigation systems and fence lines, supervise field crews, herd livestock, and to mo ..... 
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Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program Announced

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

As Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership at the start of the school year, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota ..... 
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