As farmers make room or seek storage for harvested soybeans, NDSU Extension Engineer Ken Hellevang says temperature control is important. “We need to start out with a good quality soybean. That means we don’t end up with a lot of cracks in the seed coat. Typically, the research will show us somewhere in that 13 percent moisture range is the best point. Certainly, as we get below 11 percent moisture, we start seeing a lot more damage. Anything that’s going into alternative storage really needs to be in that 11 to 12 percent moisture as close as we can get it.” Hellevang says bagging the crop can be successful as long as the details of management can be controlled.
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