At the end of August, the 7 special harvesting machines of Saatbau Jüly start to harvest the whole cobs in the areas of the contract farmers in Lower Austria, Burgenland and Upper Austria. These harvesters gently pick the cobs off the plant and collect them in a bunker. This is how we ensure the gentle harvesting of the delicate corn cobs.
The corn cobs are transported by truck to the factory in Bruck/Leitha and weighed on the weighbridge.
The corn cobs are dehusked with the help of dehusking machines, and any remaining leaves are removed by hand. This is done to ensure uniform and rapid aeration in the drying boxes.
Corn drying process
The cobs are selected by hand at the facility in Bruck/Leitha and checked carefully for fusarial infections and types of other varieties. The greatest care and diligence are paramount.
After manual selection, the single-variety cobs are carefully transported on conveyor belts to 4 drying systems and gently dried with warm air at a maximum of 40 °C. The cobs are then dried in the drying room. In order to preserve the germination capacity, the temperature of the supplied air must not exceed 40 °C. The cobs are dried to a residual water content of approx. 16-17 %. With this residual moisture, the kernels can be destemmed with great ease. Due to the higher elasticity of the kernels, the sensitive seedlings are thus protected. They are then dried in a continuous dryer to a moisture content of 12.5 – 13 %.
INFORMATION for interested contract farmers; your contact at RWA
YOU are interested in growing organic or conventional field corn on your land? RWA’s cultivation area covers the whole of Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Burgenland. Please do not hesitate to contact RWA! Contact DI Mathias Breisch, Mobile: 0664/6274333 or Ing. Michael Lackner 0664/6274283.