Harvesting in Wet Conditions

The 2016 harvest season provides challenges to many growers. Following is a compilation of resources that address those challenges.

Guidelines for soil compaction management during a wet harvest season. Information on how to prevent forming, diagnose, and manage soil compaction during wet harvest conditions. This article also contains a link to a video explaining how to use a penetrometer .

Corn stalk rots and ear rots: a double whammy for Wisconsin corn farmers. The 2016 growing season is going to end with many challenges for Wisconsin farmers. The excessively wet weather has slowed or ended harvest of corn silage and grain harvest has barely started in much of the state. Couple this with warm and wet weather is August and we have a double whammy of stalk rot and ear rot issues to contend with this fall.

Flooding effects on corn. Recent rains have caused flooding and ponding in many cornfields. Growers are concerned about corn growth and development and any yield effects that might occur from short periods of flooding. Many crop fields were completely destroyed, while others were left with varying degrees of damage. Before making any decisions about your fields, you should document and report any crop damage to your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA) office, your crop insurance agent and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection You are strongly encouraged to take ‘time-dated’ photos of any damage. Such information may be critical in federal emergency determinations and your eligibility for these programs.

Wet Wisconsin: Moldy Corn and Crop InsuranceIt’s been a warm and wet summer and flooding has recently hit many areas hard in Wisconsin. Due to the heavy moisture we have seen during the 2016 growing season, Wisconsin farmers should be especially aware of moldy corn this year.  Molds can cause serious problems if fed to livestock and can be food safety problems in the supply chain.  Buyers will also be looking for moldy corn and other quality problems; ear rots have been reported, as well as some grain sprouting on the ear.  For those with crop insurance, quality losses due to moldy corn can trigger indemnities if losses are large enough.  Farmers suspecting losses due to moldy grain should contact their crop insurance agents before they harvest.  The company will follow-up and tell you how to proceed.  

Moldy corn and soybean issues. This podcast describes what causes corn and soybean mold issues and what can be done about it.