Web links to articles on corn harvesting

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.    

The University of Minnesota Crop eNews published a couple resourceful articles recently. Below you will find brief summaries and links to the articles on the web.

Avoid excessive harvest of corn residue to maintain soil productivity

In most fields, corn residue remaining after grain harvest is incorporated into the soil with tillage or is left on the soil surface. Currently, corn residue is being harvested by some livestock producers, and there is interest in producing ethanol from corn residue in the near future (Perlack et al., 2005). However, soil productivity (synonymous with soil carbon) will be reduced if all corn residue in a field is harvested regularly and there is not another source of carbon being returned to the soil to replace the carbon removed with the residue. Read more at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/cropenews/2008/08MNCN28.html

Energy costs for corn drying and cooling

The purpose of this brief article is to provide enough information so that readers can estimate costs for drying and cooling corn. Grain needs to be dry to be stored through warm weather and it takes some energy to remove moisture from grain, but there are things that can be done to manage energy use.
Read more at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/cropenews/2008/08MNCN27.html

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