BEAVER DAM (WKOW) -- Local farmers could see mold problems in this year's corn harvest.
One local farmer says he'll be watching his crop closely as he starts to harvest his corn. Crop storage experts say farmers should make sure they have a plan in place to handle corn that could have inconsistent levels of moisture and develop mold.
The cold and wet spring followed by a heat wave late in the growing season results in an inconsistent crop. Jeff Gaska, a local farmer from Beaver Dam, says there will be inconsistencies in the amount of moisture from field to field.
Gaska has a plan in place if he comes across mold in his crops.
"The key is to dry the corn down we dry it with heat and if we can dry it down to a 13 to 15 percent moisture level, we don't have to worry about mold at that point," said Gaska. "If there is mold on the corn when we're harvesting the heat will take care of it."
Experts say the value of corn drops if more than five percent shows mold and it falls dramatically if mold spreads to more than 20 percent of the kernels.
Gaska grows soybeans, winter wheat and corn on his farm.
He's almost done with the soybean harvest and expects to have an average yield, if not above average. He will start his corn harvest in about one week.
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