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Source: The Brock Report

Greater-than-normal crop-quality issues resulting from the Midwest drought means supplies of good-quality corn may be significantly tighter this year than USDA's production number would suggest.

With corn harvest now about one-quarter complete, the quality issues surrounding the drought-battered crop are becoming apparent.

Chief among these is low test weight, as kernel density was reduced by moisture stress during grain fill.

The main issues for producers with low test weight corn are greater breakage during handling and shorter storage life.

Iowa State University Ag and Biosystems Engineering Professor Charles Hurburgh has a simple warning for producers: Do not hold this year's crop at moistures above 17%.

If you harvest early, dry immediately.

Also, 2012-crop corn should not be put on top of or blended with older corn if you expect to store the corn.

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