This year, there were several factors that greatly influenced our harvest start date. We’re in a wind tunnel in our area, and over the last 3-4 years, we've had a much higher likelihood of corn going down, so our belief is ‘get it when it's standing.’
Submitted by Robert Corzatt of Harvest Max Partners, August 19, 2013
We spent the day with with one of our growers digging several root pits to see how root systems were doing with the very dry weather in SD. Very interesting what we found... Overall we found very good moisture at 24 to 30 inch depth. The issue was tight soils along with higher magnesium levels really caused issues. As you can see in this picture, soils were very compacted making it difficult for roots to penetrate.
June 7, 2013 - Submitted by Robert Corzatt, Harvest Max Partners
Shallow planting depth causing issues
Stalk diameter differences with NEPS
Stalk/root differences from shallow planting