In the past couple of weeks, I’ve talked with several producers who have had trouble sourcing acceptable quality corn. Last falls’ harvest resulted in a lot of corn being put into storage at or above desired moisture levels. Now this corn is coming out of storage as the weather warms and we’re learning how many storage management mistakes were made this winter.
If you’ve driven around the upper Midwest this past month you’ve seen the outside storage piles that were opened in May and June. In many cases, a lot of moldy corn in the pile due higher moisture levels entering storage and lack of appropriate aeration as the seasons changed. I talked with one producer who had to view several full bins of corn at a commercial storage facility before he found one that was not going out of condition. He quickly identified that bin as his corn source for the coming months.