Top 3 New Crop Corn Challenges:
1/ Hard running mill (temperature & amperage spikes)
2/ Reduction in mill throughput
3/ Poor pellet quality and durability
New Crop Corn can often be a challenge to pellet. Typically, pellet mills run harder and are more prone to choke, which causes overall productivity to decrease with the introduction of New Crop Corn. A build up on the die associated with early corn can slow throughput and wreak havoc on pellet durability, leading to poor pellet quality.
New Crop Corn is often higher in moisture, and while this may contribute to the problem there seems to be more to it since higher moisture corn at other times of the year does not seem to pellet as hard. There may be something related to it’s ‘newness’ that causes this, specific to developing starch and sugars in the corn.
PellTech has proven to smooth out hard running mills and increase throughput, while still maintaining a high-quality pellet. It is a unique pelleting aid that keeps the die surface clean and free-running in order to maximize mill productivity, which is especially important during a difficult New Crop Corn season.
Inclusion rates of PellTech as low as 0.3% have been effective in helping pellet New Crop Corn feeds. This includes feeds such as pig starters and feeds that are high in DDGS and/or urea.