Agronomist sees more grain quality issues as harvest progresses
An agronomist says the soybean harvest in his area is mostly done, and the corn for grain harvest is about two-thirds finished. Scott Rountree with Pioneer in southwestern Wisconsin tells Brownfield the recent weather could have been a little better for drying down corn. “The wind definitely helps. Unfortunately, this past Sunday was cold and windy in which we really need that warmness to help drive away moisture from the ear, but definitely, we losing maybe about maybe a tenth of a point a day, something like that now as we head into the first week of November.”
Rountree says the corn quality remains mostly good. “The grain quality is starting to deteriorate just a little bit, but overall, it dried down very nicely so ear molds, things like that are kept to a minimum but certain hybrids and certain fields, we are seeing an uptick in just the past ten days here.”
Rountree says some growers are preparing for fall nitrogen and phosphorus applications with improved crop prices and CFAP payments after a couple of years of skimping on inputs.