Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A large portion of stored grain likely
froze during last week's polar plunge.
Farmers should continue to regularly monitor crops in on-farm
storage to reduce chances of any spoiled grain, according to Randy
Holthaus, GROWMARK Grain Systems Operation Manager.
"You've got to be persistent with your diligence," Holthaus told
the RFD Radio Network® in a recent interview, "Inspect
your grain regularly."
"Check for crusting and condensation," Holthaus said. "If
moisture is starting to form on top, it's an indicator you've got
heating going on."
Farmers should make sure grain is dry and probe the grain to
check the temperature and for hot spots. A regular check of bins
also allows farmers to monitor for insect and rodent activity.
"We believe you should check your bins weekly," Holthaus said.
"It (stored grain) is a considerable investment sitting there."
Last week's sub-zero temperatures likely froze some grain. But
Holthaus recommended farmers keep the temperature in bins slightly
above freezing. Otherwise, if grain contains moisture that freezes,
it can turn into solid masses that can be hard to unload and
possibly damage bins.
"It's a double-edged sword, but we don't recommend freezing
grain," Holthaus said.
Tips for monitoring bins, provided by DuPont Pioneer experts,
include the following:
If any problems are detected, correct them as soon as possible.
Farmers in some cases may have to move the grain to a different
storage facility so they can limit grain damage and correct any
Content for this story was provided by Dan Grant, Farm Week
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