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Extension sets corn moisture testing dates

You will be able to find out how much longer you will have to wait to harvest your corn for silage later this month.


The Extension UW-Madison offices in Brown, Door, and Kewaunee counties will be hosting a pair of corn dry-down events on September 14th at the Door County Co-Op and on September 15th at the Luxemburg location of the Rio Creek Feed Mill. Temperature, humidity, and rainfall all contribute to how dry, mature corn grain is so farmers can determine if it is time to harvest.


Like many crops this year, corn is running about two weeks behind last year and a day behind the five-year average, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Crop Progress Report. Only about 24 percent of the state’s corn crop has reached the dent stage, which is about two to three times moister than the 23 to 25 percent moisture level farmers are looking for when they harvest. The Farm Journal estimates the United States will produce 13.759 billion bushels of corn this year, its smallest crop in three years.


You can learn more about what you need to know about this month’s corn dry-down events below.



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