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Harvest 2014

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.

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Harvest and Storage

Wet corn and the propane shortage

propane tank painted like an ear of corn
Charles Hurburgh - November 12, 2019

The late planting has caused higher moisture corn than normal...


Cooling Grain Impacts on Grain Quality and Shelf-Life
Charles Hurburgh - October 29, 2019

Recent reports have Iowa corn at about 40% harvested and Iowa soybeans about 66% harvested...


Frost Damage to Soybeans
Charles Hurburgh, Rebecca Vittetoe, Meaghan Anderson - October 17, 2019

Frost damaged soybeans

Temperatures fell into the low 30’s and upper 20’s in most of Iowa over the weekend of October 11-13...


Crop Quality in 2019: Another Unusual Year
Charles Hurburgh, Erin Bowers, Alison Robertson - October 10, 2019

This year continues the chain of growing seasons with extremes and rapid changes beyond our long-term experiences...


Harvest consideration for frost killed corn
Mark Licht, Charles Hurburgh - October 7, 2019

A portion of Iowa’s corn crop is likely to experience a frost before naturally reaching maturity as a result of cool temperatures later this week...


Managing Wet Soybeans in a Late Harvest
Charles Hurburgh & Meaghan Anderson-October 18, 2018


Crop insurance and "high damage", sprouted, or unmarketable soybeans
USDA Risk Management Agency-October 15, 2018


NDSU Offers Soybean Drying Advice
Kenneth Hellevang

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Silo or Grain Bags

Video Podcast: Silo or Grain Bags

After the loss of large amounts of grain storage in Iowa so close to harvest, the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative details a potential temporary storage solution. Silo or grain bags are a proven technology that could be deployed to deal with this temporary storage dilemma. The video podcast details the technology and how it could be deployed.

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Options for Wind Damaged Corn: Feeding Damaged Grain

Video Podcast: Options for Wind Damaged Corn: Feeding Damaged Grain

With the widespread damage from the recent derecho, producers may be looking for options to salvage value from damaged or destroyed corn fields. Field Ag Engineer, Brian Dougherty, considers the options of feeding damaged grain and silage with Assistant Scientist in ISU Animal Science Department, Garland Dahlke. The podcast details silage and dry grain quality and nutritive expectations for damaged corn fields, testing recommendations, and pricing adjustment considerations. Additional information can be found in a recently updated fact sheet located on the Iowa Beef Center website:

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Options for Wind Damaged Corn: Grazing and Baling Forage

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Video Podcast: Options for Wind-Damaged Corn: Grazing and Baling Forage

With the widespread damage from the recent derecho, producers may be looking for options to salvage value from damaged or destroyed corn fields. Field Ag Engineer, Kristina TeBockhorst, considers the options of grazing cattle and baling dry forage with Beef Specialist Russ Euken. The podcast details how to graze damaged corn fields, including insurance questions, infrastructure needs, and sizing grazing strips. Good practices for baling dry forage are also described. Additional information can be found in a recently developed fact sheet located on the Iowa Beef Center website: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/information/GrazingDownCorn.pdf.

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News and Events

Protect yourself from grain dust this fall!

Carolyn Sheridan and Kristina TeBockhorst talk harvest safety in this podcast.

 Protect yourself from grain dust this fall!


Blog: 2020 Drought and Derecho Impacted Corn-Harvest, Mycotoxin Testing and Storage


Options for Wind Damaged Corn - Grazing and Baling Forage

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Video Podcast: Iowa Mycotoxin Risk 

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.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to deal with it. 

Access to the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University COVID-19 resouces and additional FDA resources and USDA resources on the virus.  If you have more questions about COVID-19, please contact Kim Anderson.


Now taking applications to join the Free Food/Feed Safety Collaboration
This collaboration helps companies write a food/feed safety plan in six workshops. Seating is limited, please apply promptly. Acceptance will be communicated.


Blended Human Food PCQI Course Offerings
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host five one-day Blended Human Food PCQI courses during 2020. The courses are presented by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. The course is the only PCQI class recognized by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

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