The less than ideal moisture of grain that went into storage this fall will require more attention in the spring. NDSU Extension Agricultural Engineer Ken Hellevang says keeping the grain cool is the plan. “We need to be thinking about what will happen as we go into spring and see warmer temperatures. We will need to look at the moisture content of the grain, determine what our drying options are and prepare to dry the grain.” Corn that is still standing in the field will also be a challenge. “When we look at corn moisture content, we will end up around 20 percent moisture. That’s about as dry as it will get in the field,” explains Hellevang. “The concern going into the spring is snow melt, wet soils and unknowns of when the crop may be harvested. The grain may dry, but we may be left with too wet of ground to harvest.”
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