As harvest winds down, quality patterns in the 1998 crop are becoming evident. As is often the case, there is good and bad news. For both corn and soybeans, physical quality is excellent. Test weights are above average and seed size is large. These characteristics generally lead to better storage and handling properties. In both grains, there has been some hang-up in moisture after mid-harvest rains coupled with still-living stems that only recently have been frosted. The dry beans-on-green stems problem returns every year that there is very rapid maturity. Judging by the amount of sprouted beans in harvested fields, combine losses were high this year.
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Hurburgh, Charles R., "Crop quality report 1998" (1998). Integrated Crop Management News. 2254.
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