Every morning Pa went cheerfully whistling to the field… Now he carried a sack of corn fastened to his belt, and as he plowed he threw grains of corn into the furrow beside the plow's point. Finally, consider a "worst case" scenario at the same yield and price levels where excess harvest losses are 15% and down corn is as high as 30 percent moisture, the cost of harvest losses would be $123.75 per acre but only $79.37 would be needed to dry the crop, so even at this high moisture the savings would be $44.38 per acre.
Trimming the top risks losing the tassel (the male part of the plant) and then you'll have a tough time getting corn. - If you grow corn in your home garden, then you might want to harvest fresh "baby" corn ears this summer. The amount of stress cracking that may occur depends on initial grain moisture, rate of moisture removal, maximum grain temperature reached in the dryer, and rate of grain cooling.
So the optimal time to harvest the ears is right before you eat them. The difference between this system and the combine is the maize sheller is specifically designed for corn and cannot be used with other smaller grain or row-style plants. Harvesting corn snaplage is a viable alternative to rolled high moisture shelled corn (RHMC).
Harvest of corn as snaplage can be advantageous by having an earlier and faster rate of corn grain harvest and allow for more fall field work. Gathering chains push the ears to the back of the head where an auger funnels the ears to the center of the head and into the front of the combine to begin the grain separating process.
Factors such as stormy weather and southwestern corn borers can cause considerable lodging in unharvested fields. For context, Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears, How To Make Corn holds 61,500 fans. Once they hit the ground, my combine isn't going to pick them up. The last thing I want to see coming at dry corn stalks is a strong windstorm.
Many factors affect dry down rate, including hybrid, planting date, general health of the crop, landscape position, soil type, and weather conditions. Sweet corn is ready for harvest when the silks are dried and turning brown, but before the outer leaves of the husk lose their green color and start to shed.
Harvesting corn too wet for the storage structure will result in reduced yield, souring and seepage of the ensilage, and low intake by dairy cows. Of course before combines came along adding the threshing aspect to corn was picked by the ear and shelled later by another machine.
Higher 100-k weight (35.20 g) than 2015, 2014, and 5YA, signifying larger kernels than in previous years. If we let corn dry all the way to 15% (maybe pushing into December with 2013 weather) in the field we would likely lose more money in grain loss than what we'd pay for drying.
My ideal range is 17% to 23% moisture for harvesting corn. Pack earlage properly (just as you would corn silage). Earlage also can refer to ensiled corn grain, cobs, husks, shanks and a portion of the stalk harvested with an all-crop header raised to a height at which the ear and stalk material above the shank is harvested (Figure 1).
Each ear is loaded with tiny kernels come harvest time, and three or four five-foot-long rows should be plenty. For that reason, grain quality experts suggest allowing corn to field dry below 20% moisture before harvesting. About 10 seconds after the head takes in the ears there will be clean, separated grain in the grain tank.