Farmers are choosing to store a large portion of this year’s soybean crop. As the weather continues to get colder, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says the cool down phase of storage management is key. Aeration fans should be running whenever the outside temperature is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the temperature of the grain. “As we go through November, the eventual goal should be in that 25 to 30 degree range to hold soybeans over winter.” Based on calls Hellevang has received, some of the soybean crop is still 16 to 17 percent moisture. “With temperatures near or below freezing, it’s virtually impossible to air dry soybeans. Farmers should think about cooling soybeans, holding them over winter and then air drying in the spring.” Hellevang adds running wet soybeans through a high-temperature drier is another option.