NDSU Extension Agricultural Engineer Ken Hellevang is hearing about green soybeans being mixed in with mature beans at harvest. “With the rains we received and the characteristics of soybeans, that’s not surprising. However, it puts us between a rock in a hard spot. We can’t leave the beans in the field to turn, because we’re concerned about shelled beans.” Hellevang says plump, green soybeans mixed in with mature soybeans could cause issues in storage. “Depending on how much of the soybeans are green, we may need to think of drying the soybeans down. If we’re doing that in the bin, it takes lots of airflow in order to remove the moisture, but that is one option,” says Hellevang. “We will possibly see color change happening during the drying, but there will be a slightly green tone after about four months of storage.”
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