In many areas, a dry weather pattern in July and early August put the crop under stress. Nelson Farms senior partner Wayne Nelson, who is in the Buxton/Mayville, North Dakota area, says harvest management is a must. “Don’t wait for that 14.5 moisture dry corn,” said Nelson. “If you’ve got a dryer, my goodness, use it and if the elevator has a dryer, make them use it. You’ll have more bushels at the end of the day when combining 21 percent moisture corn than 14 percent.” Nelson’s farm was a stop on the Red River Farm Network Crop Tour presented by Pioneer.
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