In this Boots in The Field Report, Ken Ferrie stresses that harvest starts now. A little planning now can alleviate a lot of pressure and stress come harvest. He suggests picking for yield first and then narrowing that down based on ear flex and leaf structure to help manage known conditions in the field. Ken advises breaking down maturity groups into: early, mid and full season varieties, to stagger pollination and harvest windows. He also suggests staggering ear flex within the maturities to help mitigate weather risks. Putting pencil to paper to figure out what your operation needs for a harvest window will help you determine when you need to pay drying fees and when you can wait for more ideal conditions.