High corn moisture levels at harvest in MO

An east-central Missouri farmer says corn moisture has been higher than normal this harvest.

Mark Stevens tells Brownfield the driest corn he’s harvested so far has been about eight percent because of late planting this year.

“I’m going to finish all of our corn here in a couple of hours so, this corn I’m shelling right now was planted [the] first week of June and it’s still about 20 percent,” he said.

But he said mostly dry weather recently has raised questions about ground moisture heading into winter.

“It is kind of a concern although it’s really nice to have good weather for harvest and that means dry weather,” Stevens said.

Stevens said he’s pleased with yields so far with corn averaging around 180 bushels an acre and soybeans in the 50s and 60s with his best beans left to cut.

Mark Stevens Interview

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