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Check Your Bins & Dakota Cattle Conference

County Agent News
Dan FolskeS
October 30, 2017 

Check Your Bins

            Colder weather and frosty mornings can be useful. A morning drive by all your grain bins when there is heavy frost is an easy way for a quick check of stored Grain Binsgrain. Anytime a lone bin has no frost when the adjacent bins do it is likely that the grain in that bin may be spoiling and generating heat. If you have a bin which is not getting frosty, check it immediately!

             This cool weather is also an opportunity to run aeration fans to cool the grain. Even grain which was put into a bin at or below the allowable storage moisture can have storage problems which come from moisture migration. As the grain around the outer part or the bin cools quicker than the center, moisture will migrate toward the warmer center and cause spoilage. Running fans periodically as temperatures cool in the fall and winter and then again in spring and summer as temperatures warm can even out temperatures within the grain mass and reduce the potential for spoilage. Also remember that the bigger the bin the more likely a problem may occur due to moisture migration and the greater the loss potential if there is a problem.


Dakota Cattle Conference

            Pencil in December 6th and 7th for the Dakota Cattle Conference! Plan on attending the premier event in north central and northwestern North Dakota, the ‘Dakota Cattle Conference’

For this conference North Dakota State University Extension Service is bringing together experts from the northern U.S. and Canada to discuss the cattle industry and what producers need to know.

 Cattle Conference          

     The conference will be kicking off with a free cattle breeding workshop the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m., after the close of the Heartland Ag Showcase.  Topics include tools that producers can use to help them get what they want out of their herd.

     It will be followed on Thursday, Dec 6, by a full day of discussion from cattle experts on drought challenges and issues, alternatives to supplementing low-quality feed, and much more. 

     NDSU Extension area specialists who have been working with producers throughout North Dakota this summer will be on hand to talk management, what to watch for and economics.

     The Dakota Cattle Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot, ND.

  • December 6th Cattle Breeding Workshop
    • 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a dinner & social at 7 p.m.   
    • December 7th Dakota Cattle Conference      
      • Registration 9 a.m.                                                               
      • Conference will run 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Lunch included)

For more information, contact John Dhuyvetter, NDSU Extension area livestock systems specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot, at 701-857-7682 or john.dhuyvetter@ndsu.edu, or Paige Brummund, agriculture and natural resources agent in NDSU Extension’s Ward County office, at 701-857-6444 or paige.f.brummund@ndsu.edu.

Or just give me a call at the NDSU Extension/Burke County office in Bowbells, ph. 701-377-2927

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