Wet Grain Deliveries Preferable Now Days

As we heard from NC State Extension’s Randy Weisz yesterday, sprouted wheat is becoming a big problem, but many mills and elevators are taking it any way. Robbie Montgomery, Grain Merchandiser, Murphy-Brown:

“We are still buying wheat. Its been a challenge with the sprout but we are able to bring that in, segregate it and then grind the sprouted wheat into our feed rations.”

In fact, for the second year, Montgomery says the Murphy-Brown is encouraging farmers to bring in high-moisture corn as well:

“In August we expect to buy, like we did last year, high moisture corn. We expect to see it start coming in the second week in August. This is different from years ago when it was not advantageous for farmers to bring in wet grain because of the way our discount schedule was set up, but we have encouraged wet grain because its less risk for the farmers. Its better for the seed mill as well.”

When it comes to grain sorghum, Montgomery says they’re prepared to accept high-moisture sorghum as well:

“Sorghum was a challenge for us last year. We saw it come in as early as the second week in September. We know it will come in early again this year and we will be ready for it. We had to dump some of it in with corn and may have to do that again this year. We will have our dryers ready to dry it.”

In year’s past there was a substantial dockage for wet grains, but Montgomery explains that Murphy-Brown has restructured that discount:

“A few years ago we discounted heavily for drying, and we have removed that because from a profit scenario it didn’t make sense for farmers to bring it in wet. But now we have changed that. We are charging cost to dry, to increase production, we want to get as much grain as we can locally.”

Montgomery suggests before delivering wet grain of any type its best to contact the delivery point prior to arrival.


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