NDSU Extension Engineer Ken Hellevang says farmers may be able to store higher moisture soybeans through the winter, but that will change as spring arrives. Spring is about one month away. “Along with warmer outdoor temperatures, solar radiation can hit the south wall the bin as well as the roof, warming stored grain,” explains Hellevang. “If there is wet grain in storage, it can lead to to problems. Farmers should verify the moisture content (check bins every two weeks). If the grain is close to 15 to 16 percent moisture, that’s probably to the point where we’re going to need to run the grain through a high temperature dryer.” Soybeans should be at 11 percent moisture if being stored into summer. Bottom line, Hellevang says keep grain bins as cool as possible for as long as possible. Hellevang shared the tips with farmers during the Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean Research in Grand Forks.
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