Silage may be a better option for some producers, especially those who feed the corn to their livestock. If ear picking was the primary harvest method, the whole ears would need to be picked at high moistures. The high moistures will not dry very well in cribs. However, much of this corn was close to the proper growth stage for silage. Whole plant moisture should be around 65 to 70 percent for bunker silos and when the kernels are about 3/4 milk line.
Before making any harvest plans, contact crop insurance adjusters, if applicable.
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