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Drive By (storage checks) & New Farm Bill

County Agent News
Dan Folske
December 10, 2018 

Drive By

            Every producer should do a “drive by”. No, not a shooting, a drive by grain storage check. We may have gotten warm enough to melt the huge accumulation of frost and ice, which built up last week but we will have at least a morning frost regularly this time of year. Visually checking your grain bins or grain bags is an easy way to spot grain, which may be having storage problems. Heat from a spoiling grain mass will cause a bin roof or a spot on a grain bag to melt off or prevent a frost build up. While this “drive by” method should not take the place of more thorough checks of grain storage on a regular basis, it is easy, safe, and quick when a frosty morning provides this opportunity.

New Farm Bill

            Anyone watching Ag related news has heard that we may soon have a new Farm Bill. The word from Washington is that both the House and Senate are mostly 

in agreement with the major portions of the new Farm Bill, which directly affect Ag. They are still working out details on the food and fiber (food stamps, etc.) portion. Hopefully these details will soon be worked out and producers can take a look at the finished product which they will be working with for the next several years. 

            Bryon Parman, NDSU Extension Ag Finance Specialist was in the area last week speaking at our Cropping Decision workshops. Bryon does an excellent job of presenting the financial aspects of farming in a very easy to understand manner. I have tentatively set up January 17th to have Bryon in Burke County to discuss the potential implications of the new Farm Bill. Watch for further details.




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