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March 21, 2011 Agriculture Column


IT’S LOOKING LIKE I MISSED THE WEEKEND STORM BY A COUPLE OF DAYS.  I sure hope it does not turn out like they are talking.  An additional inch of moisture would not be what we would order for our area.  Plus we never know what additional precipitation might occur between now and spring work but each time a storm of this possible magnitude comes strutting along does not leave anything positive behind during the spring thaw.

As we prepare for our spring planting season we sometimes overlook the little things.  I say this because these little things are not little, by no means.  As the temperatures rise so does changes occur in stored grain.  Have you been checking your stored grain?  There is more grain which will go out of condition during the spring than any time of year.  We, generally put our commodities in the bin turn the fan on, leave it run for a period of time, turn the fan off and forget about it.  Depending on fall conditions, will determine how the grain has been managed for the long cold winter months ahead and as the outside air temperatures increase causing different conditions within the bin.  The roof is warming up, the grain is still really cool leaving a problem called condensation on the roof.  This leads to actual moisture falling on the grain and as we get into the spring busy season we forget about those bins because we have more important things to deal with.  Please be monitoring any grains you have left after this very large price run on commodities. Don’t get me wrong most of you do a really good job of monitoring your grain but “values” have gotten high to the point of a mistake costing you “a lot”.


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