2014 - It seems like a broken record...weather changes have shifted expectations of new crop corn quality. Three weeks ago, somewhat wetter corn than normal but high quality was the forecast. It is clear that the wetter part will come true; early harvest moistures are generally coming in at 18 – 22 percent, which is above average but not high enough to cause severe complications in drying. Field dry down is probably nearly over so do not expect much change in moisture from here on. Overall quality has been put at risk however, in some areas.
On this video podcast Dr. Erin Bowers discusses the risk of mycotoxin contamination in Iowa grain and what to do about it. This is especially relevant because of the ongoing impacts of the drought and derecho in Iowa.