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Test Weight Gets Testy
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:17 AM CDT

Farmers should prepare for their corn to have a slightly less test weight than average in much of the Midwest this harvest. Late-season heat and lack of rainfall robbed the crop of some of its yield and test weight potential in many regions of the Midwest.

Test weight in corn is important. Grain merchants use it as a purchasing point with test weights of 54 pounds or less triggering a discount. It's a reflection of how the corn filled out at the end of the season when kernels pack in the starch and become denser. Low-test-weight corn can be more ...

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