Iowa farmers are in the midst of what may be a record corn harvest, but red flags are popping up. Storage facilities still have plenty of last year’s grain waiting to be moved and rail delays continue to be a problem.
Iowa State University Extension educator Charles Hurburgh says the only solution is outside storage and farmers run the risk of corn deteriorating and molding. He says there’s just one cure for that.
“My ideal weather forecast would be dry and really cold,” Hurburgh says, “cold enough to make everybody complain because that will buy time.”
However, the forecast is calling for a mild-to-warm weather pattern across the Midwest. Hurburgh predicts about a-half billion bushels of grain will be stored outside for a period of time this fall and winter.