Trent Brandenburg is three-quarters done with his corn harvest and one-third done with his soybeans. “I wish it would dry out some more so I could cut beans,” Trent said, alluding to recent heavy rains in he area. Overall, Trent sees the crops as well above average, but not record-setting like 2014. Trent began his corn harvest on September 10, with harvested corn moisture “in the mid 20s (%)”. Due to a drying discount at the elevator, Trent began his harvest. The moisture is running 15 to 17% now.
The dilemma with the harvested corn and soybeans is whether to store or sell. With market prices the lowest in years, will they go up enough to recoup the storage charges accumulated waiting for a market rise,or should the farmer just sell “over the scale.” “It’s a gamble. You need a good market advisor,” Trent observed.