The start of corn harvest looks very different for many operations. At Cutting Edge Consulting, we believe that there are significantly higher yields to be had if we start harvesting corn around 25-26% or higher moisture and then dry it down.
There is a big US crop out there. That may be a hard statement to hear for those who have suffered a loss due to nasty weather incursions this summer. But it is true, and it is true in many parts of the country. Not just corn…there will be a bonus soybean crop too.
Timely planting this spring likely means an earlier harvest than last year. As you begin making harvest plans, factor in fall tillage and weed control as well.
A key piece of harvest preparation includes estimating yield. Much of the Corn Belt experienced high heat during pollination and that can have an impact on kernel set, which in turn impacts yield.
Extra caterpillar activity has been observed in soybeans so far this year and experts from Iowa State University expect late-season infestations in corn.