The corn moisture is variable near Wimbledon, North Dakota. Farmer Mike Clemens says much of the corn is between 30 to 36 percent moisture. “Late maturity corn is well over 30 percent moisture. Other varieties seeded towards the end of early maturing corn is around the 29 to 31 percent moisture. There are good spots in the field and then, you come to the two to five acre hole in the field. That’s where the big moisture is coming in.” Some farmers may leave corn for a spring harvest. Clemens says the local grain elevator isn’t interested in low test weight corn under 52 pounds and it’s been difficult to meet their needs. The basis is strong if farmers have the crop. Clemens is hauling the corn he can harvest to the local ethanol plant. “They were knocking off all of the drying charge up to November 1. Now, they’re back to their normal schedule,” says Clemens. “Some of the plants may be offering an incentive on drying, maybe half price. It depends on the plant.”
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