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Equations For Calculating Percent Moisture Content

M db =

M wb =

Where:

W w x 100
Wd

Ww
x 100
W w +W d

M db =

M w 6 x 100
100 - M wb

M wb =

M db x 100
100 + M db

Mdb = Percent moisture, dry basis


Mwb = Percent moisture, wet basis
Ww = Weight of Water
Wd = Weight of dry matter

Shrinkage Equation
Initial Weight x

100 - Initial % Moisture


= Final Weight
100 - Final % Moisture

Table N2.1:Approximate Amount of Water in Ear Corn When Harvested, At


Percentages of Moisture Content of the Kernels
Kernel Moisture
Content
(percent)

Different

Amount of Water
in a Bushel of Ear Corn*
In Kernels
In Cobs
Total
pounds
pounds
pounds

35
30
28
26

25.4
20.2
18.4
16.6

12.4
9.9
8.8
7.8

37.8
30.1
27.2
24.4

24
22
20
18

14.9
13.3
11.8
10.4

6.7
5.5
4.4
3.2

21.6
18.8
16.2
13.6

16
14
12
10

9.0
7.7
6.5
5.3

2.1
1.4
0.9
0.5

11.1
9.1
7.4
5.8

A bushel of ear corn is defined here as the quantity that will yield 56 pounds of
shelled corn at 15.5-percent moisture

SOURCE: USDA MP919


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