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Check your Grain Bins & Nutrient Analysis

County Agent News
Dan Folske
September 11, 2017 

Check Your Grain Bins

            It has been a good harvest run. Much of the harvested grain has been very dry and should store well but there are often Grain Binswetter spots within a field where less mature grain or green weed seeds can mean wet spots within a grain bin. Even though most of the grain in a bin is dry or even over dry these wet spots can be a place where molds or insects get started, Also as grain begins to cool with lower fall temperatures moisture migration can become a problem. As grain within in bin cools from the outside in moisture within the grain mass tends to move down on the outside, then toward the center and back up resulting in higher moisture grain in the peak. If you have aeration systems, running them for a few days each month can help the grain cool evenly and help prevent moisture migration.


Check Your Hay

            Nutrient analysis that is! I’ve probed bales from several different fields and sent them in for analysis and have generally found Core Samplinglower nutrient values than hay from the same fields last year which were harvested at the same time or even later last year than this year. If you want to sample your bales I have a probe available to check out from the Extension Office. Just put a cordless drill on it and it cuts right into a bale. I have been sending samples to Valley Ag Supply in Gayville, SD and getting results in about three working days via email.


Dakota Cattle Conference

            Cattlemen mark your calendars for the Dakota Cattle Conference at the Holiday Inn, Minot on Thursday, December 7th.  Watch for more information about the topics like Market trends, Nitrate Risks and other toxicities, and Supplementing low quality feeds. 

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