It’s time to harvest our corn! This brings our family a feeling of satisfaction and relief. All of the planning of planting the fields and caring for the land and crops as they grow is coming to fruition.
We harvest the corn when the moisture levels of the plant are 66-68 percent. This is the moisture level that is most palatable for the cows. Usually at this time the kernels of corn start to get dents in them as the plants dry down and the cobs of corn start to tip down on the plant.
This year, in the drought, the plants died prematurely and dried down much quicker than usual. Even though we endured drought weather conditions, (dry enough that we won’t get a third cutting of hay) we are thankful corn is such a resilient plant. Our cornfields will provide us with about a year’s worth of good feed for our cows. The cows will use the feed to produce a superior product packed with good nutrition.