Integrated Crop Management News

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Last fall there were several Integrated Crop Management articles about the quality and handling of the 2008 corn crop. This type of corn has roughly half the storage life of normal corn under the same moisture and temperature conditions. At that time the corn was coming out of the field very wet, with soft texture, low test weight, and low protein content. These were consequences of the cool wet growing season; much of Iowa corn did not ever reach full maturity. Elevators and producers alike filled bins with wetter-than-normal corn, up to 24 percent moisture in some cases. There were also cases of emergency piles of 18-22 percent corn, that did not get picked up until January.

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