It’s been a challenging year for farmers according to Kent Thiese with Minn-Star Bank. Thiese says last week’s snowfall certainly didn’t help.
“It makes things more difficult,” said Thiese. “The snow mats down the corn combines tend to plug up more and you get more field loss on the corn.”
Thiese says the issues haven’t stopped once the corn is out of the field
“Ideally you need to corn down to 15 to 16 percent moisture to store the corn,” said Thiese. ” And most of the corn coming out of the fields presently is at 23 to 27 percent moisture.”
Thiese says it takes propane gas to dry the corn and much of the midwest has been dealing with a propane shortage this harvest season.