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Wisconsin corn farmers produced less corn this year due to drought


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Farmers produced less corn this year due to the drought – but overall quality of the crop is high.

The U.S. Grains Council gathered corn samples from Wisconsin and 11 other states – and the quality tests showed a heavier and healthier test weight than a year ago.

The report said the average test weight was almost 59 pounds a bushel, more than two pounds above the grade limit for the Number One grade of U.S. corn. The council said damaged kernels, moisture, and foreign material in the corn were all less than a year ago.

The protein numbers were higher, the starch contest was somewhat lower, and the oil content was about the same. There appeared to be more stress cracks than a year ago.

The corn quality was assessed as it entered the manufacturing channels – and the Grains Council said its report does not reflect potential damage down the line.

As a result of the drought, Wisconsin farmers are expected to put out 431 million bushels of corn this year – a drop of 17 percent from 2011.

Neighboring Minnesota expects at 15 percent increase in its crop – due to timely rains that Wisconsin not always got.