High Moisture Corn Harvest

(Mark Pettijohn) Hey we’re here at a 180-acre field in Saline County. We’re cutting this field as wet corn, hauling it to a local feedyard. It was planted April 6th. It’s a Pioneer 1151 and Pioneer 1498 variety, both. It’s a hot day today and it’s drying fast. The corn was also a…we only put Atrazine ahead of time as a pre-emerge. Usually we use a product called Lumax. We were going the cheap route with the price of commodities and it worked, held the weeds off, and then we came back post-emerge and sprayed with Roundup. It’s Roundup Ready Corn. On about June 5th and the corn was strip tilled and fertilized partially last fall with nitrogen and chloride, 60 units of nitrogen, 15 of chloride. And then this July we rolled a rolling culter through the field and applied at least 40 more units of nitrogen for the corn and it performed very well. It’s yielding 150 to 180 on the yield monitor and we went for more trucks because we’re just starting up here. The moisture we were shooting for here was between 25 and 35 percent. We actually came very, very close to that target. And Ottawa County Feeders north of here up by Minneapolis is taking lots of corn currently. So, we’re hoping to get the whole 180 acres into them. (Perry Owens) Hi my name is Perry Owens, I’m the manager here at Ottawa County Feedlot, located in Minneapolis, Kansas. Right now we’re in the middle of high moisture corn harvest. We got started last week and we’re in the heat of it right now, quite a few guys coming in. We try to take high moisture corn at 25 to 35 percent moisture. We do it a little different than most yards do. Most yards put it up, grind it, put it in a pit and pack it. We are actually putting it in ag bags which you’ll see later and storing it and then we’ll ground it out of the bag. One reason we’re doing that is we feel like we get less shrink. And plus I’ve done it for regulations purposes, so I didn’t have to dig lagoons. It’s a very good feed. I used to feed it out west. I was located at a yard out west for several years in Leoti, Kansas. It’s where I’m originally from. It’s name was Kan Sun Beef. You’re looking at a very excellent product to feed your cattle. We figure the high moisture corn brings to ourselves. It’s a five to six percent feed advantage at least, besides what the farmer gets by harvesting it early. They’ll gain what they call ghost bushels and it seems to be holding up. It always held up with the old varieties. And it’s holding up so far this year, or last year. The guy had dry corn that he’d picked that he’d done high moisture on the rest of the field and he had three more bushels, dry bushel yield, increase by harvesting it wet over leaving it, waiting for it to dry. The corn, not that the corn’s bad in the elevator, but if I can bypass the elevator and the brokers, it’s always a little better for both of us. I try to pass some of that on to the farmer and I get to keep part of it. Plus it’s nice to know we’ve got a big supply of corn sitting out there and I don’t have to go try to find it and chase it down.

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