Minnesota farmer concerned about “phantom bushels” during dry #Harvest20

A farmer in southwest Minnesota attempted to stay in front of a rapidly drying corn crop this fall.

George Goblish of Vesta tells Brownfield he prefers harvesting corn with moisture in the low to mid 20’s.

“Just because those phantom bushels seem to disappear once that crop drops below 20. So we start combining early on the corn, and then our beans got fit so we switched over to beans. And then we finished up with corn last week.”

He says most of that remaining corn had dried below 20 percent.

“And the last stuff we were harvesting was 13, 14 percent corn, which you could see in the yield information that we did lose bushels there. You get more shatter loss off the head and just those phantom bushels end up disappearing on a guy.”

Goblish says corn and soybean yields were above average and he has about 140 acres of tillage he hopes to get to before the ground hardens up.

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