A lack of corn and soybeans to fill grain cars is strengthening basis at local elevators. It’s still challenging to get the crop harvested across much of the region. Northland Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Instructor Betsy Jensen says if farmers are able to harvest, the grain elevator wants the grain. “Talk to your merchandiser. There are some good basis offers, especially for the products coming right off the combine.” Jensen says elevators are also working with farmers on drying charges, if the farmers are lucky enough to get the crop out. “There’s one elevator giving farmers lots of leeway when it comes to moisture, they’re not going to charge drying for soybeans until 18 percent,” says Jensen. “It’s not only basis telling us the story, but other charges negotiable at this time.”
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