"That's an early indication of the kind of drying potential that may be needed," he says,

"The key thing for a grower is to talk to the local propane provider — and many farmers have already done this — to be prepared," Leitman says.

He notes there's an abundant supply of propane out there, the challenge this fall — if harvested grain needs a lot of drying — will be having the propane in the right place at the right time.

Perhaps the most important factor in dealing with high moisture corn is getting the combine set up right. Some things to remember are:

• A properly adjusted combine can handle corn between 20 and 30 percent moisture, but exceeding 30 percent will be a trade-off between leaving grain in the field and damaging the grain you combine.

• Be sure to select a ground speed adequate to keep separator and cleaning shoe at full speed. Adjust your hydrostatic transmission to maintain the engine near rated speed under varying crop conditions.

• Operate the header as high as possible to reduce getting wet plant material in the combine, which can significantly reduce the machine’s ability to thresh and separate the grain.

• Before changing concave clearance, make sure it is level side-to-side in a conventional combine or front-to-back in a rotary combine so that the adjustment is uniform.

rroberson@farmpress.com

 

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