Farmers are being reminded to check grain in storage. Generally, cold temperatures are considered a benefit to storing grain over the winter months. However, the sun can sneak up on stored grain. “This time of the year, the solar energy hitting the south wall and bin roof can provide a lot of heat to stored grain,” explains NDSU Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang. “Particularly, it is a concern with grain that may be on the damp side. Be sure to monitor the temperature along the top and south walls of bins.” Hellevang also reminds farmers that grain stores better when it’s cool. If grain is going to be stored into the spring and even summer months, the temperature should be kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Listen to more.