How is your corn drying?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio started corn harvest on Sept. 18, two to three weeks ahead of the normal corn grain harvest date. In the last three years most growers have had the benefit of letting the corn crop dry in the field and have experienced very dry grain at harvest that could easily be taken to the local elevator or quickly dried in the bin with some forced air. In these past years, growers have experienced grain moisture at harvest in the range of 17% to 18%.But what happens to the kernel after it reaches physiological maturity or “black layer” at 30% grain moisture? It has to dry by itself without much help from the plant. Once the black layer forms, the moisture and nutritional connection between the kernel and cob is broken. Therefore, the plant can no longer help the grain drying process. Field drying of mature corn grain is influenced primarily by weather factors like temperature and humidity. It’s not a mystery that warmer temperatures and lower humidity encourage rapid field drying of corn grain.Weather plays a big factor in drydown. However, modern corn hybrids have been engineered by plant breeders to have superior late season drydown by selecting for characteristics that promote drying. These are the hybrids that deliver maximum gross income and minimum grain shrinkage costs. The following characteristics are the ones that plant breeders have influenced to bring you very fast drying corn hybrids.Husk coverage of the ear — Some hybrids produce short husk leaves. Sometimes the cob and grain can be exposed from the tip of the ear. These hybrids dry faster but can be attacked by birds and insects. Genuity RIB Complete hybrids provide protection against Corn Earworm feeding on the tips of ears.Husk tightness — Loose husk leaves provide faster grain drydown. Hybrids with tight husk leaves tend to have more problems with ear rot diseases.Husk leaf number — The fewer the number of husk leaves, the more rapid the grain moisture loss. There is a big difference among hybrids.Husk leaf thickness — Thinner husk leaves provide more rapid grain moisture loss. If you hold these leaves up to the sun, thin husk leaves can appear to be “see through” or translucent.Husk leaf senescence — Some hybrids have brown husk leaves soon after black layer. The sooner the husk leaves senesce (die), the more rapid the grain moisture loss.Ear hang — The sooner the ears drop from an upright position after black layer to a downward position, the more rapid the grain moisture loss. It’s logical that upright ears can capture rainfall and dew, which can prolong the drydown process and accelerate ear rot diseases.Kernel hardness — The pericarp is the outer layer of the kernel. The thinner the pericarp the faster the kernel dries. Also, the endosperm (inside kernel) can have different levels of harness. Hard kernels dry slower but have higher test weight. Softer endosperm kernels dry fast.So what is the ideal corn grain moisture for harvest? We mentioned earlier that in past years growers in Ohio have had the luxury of harvesting corn at 15% to 18% grain moisture with minimal drying costs. But is this the most profitable grain moisture for harvest? The answer is not easy because one answer does not fit all grain operations. It depends on harvest equipment, labor, drying capacity, and storage space for grain.Here are a couple of points to consider about grain moisture harvest timing. The experts recommend corn harvest at 23% to 25% grain moisture to capture the most revenue per acre. This is due to the fact that after black layer, harvest losses are greater from ear droppage, broken stalks, wind damage, pest damage, disease, and mechanical harvest loss. Growers that delay harvest past that ideal moisture can typically experience 5% loss in October and if delayed into November that loss can grow to 8.4%. Also, it has been reported by researchers that some standing grain corn hybrids can lose 1% of it’s dry weight for every point of moisture drop after 28% grain moisture. In Ohio, grain corn usually dries at the rate of 1% moisture in three days after the black layer forms. Be safe, I wish you a speedy harvest.last_img read more

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When You Should Be Proud to Sell (Or How to Be Proud)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The easy answer is that you should all of the time be proud of your profession. But, if you haven’t fully embraced you life in sales, well, that’s another story altogether.If what you sell creates value for your clients and customers, you should be proud to sell. And your belief in what you sell will go a long way towards making you successful, too.If how you sell creates value for your clients, then you should be especially proud to sell. The way that you sell can easily create more value than what you sell. When this is true, your clients are damn happy to buy from you. You are consultative, a trusted advisor.If you help your clients obtain some outcomes that they couldn’t easily obtain without you, you must be proud to sell. Business is more challenging than ever, and your clients need your help. When you care enough to be accountable for results, you are a true professional.You should be proud to sell when you retain your clients. It’s proof positive that you are a value creator and an integral part of their team. It means you are proactive, that you haven’t become complacent. Your client portfolio speaks voulmes about who you are as a sales professional.When your clients want to share you with the people that they know, you are selling in a way that should make you proud of your life in sales. There isn’t a greater compliment or greater proof that you should be proud.last_img read more

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Árpád Jordán UPC Hungarys rollout of cloudbased

Árpád JordánUPC Hungary’s rollout of cloud-based TV apps, including YouTube, on legacy set-top boxes has exceeded expectations in terms of take-up to date, according to Arpad Jordan, CTO, central and eastern Europe, Liberty Global.Speaking at the Digital TV CEE 2015 conference in Warsaw this morning, Jordan said that over 50% of Liberty-owned UPC Hungary’s subscriber base has now accessed YouTube via legacy set-tops – based on ActiveVideo’s cloud technology – and that over 50% of those have become repeat visitors. The company has also passed the milestone of more than two million minutes a day of YouTube content being viewed on its boxes.UPC Hungary now faces the challenge of delivering the service across a large base, with high rates of concurrent usage.“We need to ensure that it remains scalable,” said Jordan. Concurrent use has increased steadily, but the technology has been able to cope with this, he said, claiming that service providers have to combat OTT services and devices that offer content through apps.Asked by DTVE about plans for expansion elsewhere, Jordan said that not all countries have VoD capability or boxes that the technology could be used on, but he said that Liberty plans to use it across less powerful boxes in multiple markets where this is possible. There is still a discussion about whether to use it in markets where the advanced Horizon set-top box has already been launched, said Jordan. Ultimately, Horizon will also have a place in Hungary, he added.Jordan said that Liberty Global was committed to Horizon because it wanted to retain a Liberty Global interface. “We are strongly committed to set-top boxes for now and we are looking to the next generation, such as 4K. Some deviation is conceivable – keeping entertainment and connectivity in the same box may not be the best solution, however,” said Jordan.He said that prior to its launch of cloud-based apps, UPC Hungary was using 10-year old technology and boxes with limited capability. He said that the company was trapped by its use of out-of-date middleware. “Liberty Global’s response to the middleware jail has been to adopt RDK,” said Jordan. “However, there was none of this on the horizon in Hungary.” To find a way of launching internet TV apps, the company turned to the cloud, with considerable success since the service launched, he said. Jordan claimed that UPC had used HD as a differentiator to help push its base to 500,000. Although its boxes had limited capability, all were equipped with DOCSIS modems.Jordan said that UPC had chosen ActiveVideo’s technology to render a new UI from the cloud. “We looked at what we could bring from the Horizon experience to this platform,” he said. The application framework on the roadmap for Horizon was designed to enable the creation of HTML5 apps. UPC updated its boxes with the ActiveVideo solution and this enabled it launch a similar range of apps to Horizon, but on its legacy boxes.“Hungary has been chosen as a field trial. It is quite a competitive market with value-based competition. There is also cost-based competition. Our subscriber base has given us some meaningful results and this project carried limited risks,” he said.Jordan said the Hungarian trial had posed challenges. “This is not an easy integration,” he said, but added that “it is important to look into legacy set-top boxes” because high-end devices are not always applicable for certain markets, including central and eastern Europe.Jordan said that UPC had initially been unable to certify its MPEG-2 boxes for YouTube because it could not scale recoding YouTube videos in MPEG-2. However, Intel came out with a technology that enabled the operator, using Kontron’s solution, to transcode content in the cloud from MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 to enable YouTube to be delivered to older devices, he said.The operator used the interactive button on its existing remote to enable the apps for users. read more

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