Many of Kentucky's grain farmers are interested in harvesting corn at higher moistures than in recent years because of potential market trends and weather patterns. Corn that was planted early is near maturity in many western KY counties and fortunately, the market is higher than in previous years. Additionally, most elevators are offering premiums between 25 and 50 cents per bushel for corn delivered prior to Sept. 15 this year, so farmers who have drying equipment are poised to take advantage of this rare opportunity. In contrast, late planted corn may be threatened by an early frost, so actually both groups of farmers are seeking information regarding the precautions and opportunities for harvesting corn at moisture levels higher than they may have experienced in recent years when weather has been favorable for field drying.
McNeill, Samuel G. and Overhults, Douglas G., "Operational Considerations for Harvesting Corn Above 25% Moisture Content" (1996). Agricultural Engineering Extension Updates. 9.