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Are You Ready for 300 Bushel Corn Yields?

Tags: 300 bushel corn, grain storage, corn dryers, Devolder Farms

What can you do to make sure that your farming operation is ready to efficiently and economically handle the yield increases over the next 20 years? 

A recent article in The Progressive Farmer publication discussed this very topic in the January 2011 issue. The article, written by Dan Miller stated In anticipation of 300 bushel corn...now is none too soon to begin making plans for that harvest.”
Perhaps you have decided to expand the acres that you farm. Maybe you have purchased a larger planter, sprayer or combine to keep up with the number of corn acres you farm each year. 
However, if you increase your acres, increase the yield, increase the size of your field equipment – you need to take a strong look at the other part of the harvest equation: drying your harvested corn. Downtime for drying corn can become a very real and costly factor for farmers if not handled properly.
Things to consider (for both young and seasoned farmers):
Review the storage and drying facilities on your farm
·         How many days does a typical corn harvest currently take? How much corn is your combine capable of harvesting per day?
·         Do you dry and store corn on farm or is it trucked to your local elevator?
·         How many bushels per day can your drying system realistically handle? What if it is a high moisture year?
Talk to the experts and plan your investments wisely if your current storage and drying facility cannot handle more acres, higher yields, etc.
·         Is your current facility site large enough to allow expansion? Can existing storage be tied into a larger system?
·         Plan a drying and storage system budget that can be implemented in stages – rather than jumping to a 300 bushel/acre system in one year. Consider budgeting automation in where possible to gain efficiency and save time during harvest season.    
·         Do you have enough resources on site for electrical and fuel requirements to operate a larger drying and storage system?
You may consider “Why not just take the excess to the local elevator?”
·         Many elevators in Ontario are in need of an upgrade too. Elevators currently have storage issues when there is a bumper crop year.   What will happen when average yields are 300 + bushels to the acre? The majority of the elevators still standing in Ontario may have a difficult time handling the capacities involved with drying or storing corn that it is producing 300 bushels per acre province-wide.
·         If the elevators are swamped with corn during the harvest season: on farm storage will hold considerable value and marketing options.
·         Bottlenecks and waiting in line at the elevator during harvest eats up precious hours during the harvest season. A higher yield means more trucks or wagons to fill and deliver to the elevator each day.
 
It’s not too early to start planning for your future. Call the Devolder Farms team today to discuss storage and drying options.


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