Carolina Corn Harvest Looking Huge

Corn harvest is less than a month old in most areas of the Carolinas, and yields are coming in high, leaving some elevators and millers short on space. Robbie Montgomery, Grain Merchandiser with Murphy-Brown explains they’re still taking any and all they can get:

“We should be continuing to buy grain every day. We have space and dryers. We have seen moisture fall off in the last week or so, but what is important is that we still have room to buy the corn and we are excited to keep buying it.”

Montgomery says some of the early loads of corn were a little high on moisture, but the recent dry weather seems to have helped that:

“The moisture we saw in late Aug, early Sept, was around 18-19%, in the last week or so, about 70% of what we have seen is below 17%.”

We heard earlier that corn yields are big…Montgomery explains just how big:

“One of the biggest crops that this state has seen, the average yield is around 100. We are hearing now about 160-180 and as high as 220, so the final average should be pretty high.”

As to sorghum, harvest is just underway says Montgomery:

“We are starting to see a few loads of sorghum, nothing major. There is a lot out there and we are definitely buying it.”

Thanks to a bagging program at a couple of Murphy-Brown’s delivery points, they’re still open for corn deliveries says Montgomery:

“With this big crop, we are fortunate in Laurinburg to have bagging programs to still be able to buy the corn. In Rose Hill and Warsaw we have space to buy grains. Right now we are buying as much as we can.”

Grain Merchandiser for Murphy-Brown Robbie Montgomery.

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