This fall’s harvest seems to be a good one for many Iowa growers, but also marginal in profitability. During our Harvest Tour, we travelled northeast to talk with the chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers Association who is happy with yields, but worried about price.
Bob Hemaseth farms near Decorah, in far northeast Iowa. Hemaseth has long been active in community and farm organizations, but he is a farmer first. This year, he tells me that harvest is slower and later than he’d like.
Hemaseth says he finished a farm early last week that yielded 235 bushel corn at 20 to 21% moisture. He likes to harvest and bring it down to 14-15% moisture after it gets cold. It stores well in on-farm bins and is ready to sell when the market goes up enough to try for a profit.
Hemaseth’s mindset is to keep going until harvest is done, being patient and safe along the way.