Grain Storage

Grain bins on a farm

Proper Spring Grain Drying and Storage is Critical

March 14, 2019
The stored grain temperature increases in the spring not only due to an increase in outdoor temperatures, but also due to solar heat gain on the bin. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension grain drying expert, outlines steps to maintain stored grain quality this spring.

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Grain bin safety infographic
Images showing how a grain bridge forms in a bin and can collapse, drawing someone in.

High Moisture Soybeans Challenge Grain Handler Safety

February 13, 2019
After extended rains last fall, corn and soybean were stored at higher moisture levels than usual, leading to clogs and bridges in stored grain. This week a Nebraska farmer lost his life while trying to empty a bin. Check out these recommendations for staying safe and accessing training.

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Market Journal for Oct. 19, 2018

Market Journal: Grain Storage, Markets, and Farm Bill Update

October 19, 2018
On this week's Market Journal view segments on the current farm bill discussions, recommendations for storing grain, an analysis of the grain markets, and an update on work at the Nebraska Water Center.

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Saturated crop field with standing water in southeast Nebraska
Figure 1. High moisture conditions are leading to high moisture soybeans, complicating drying and storage efforts. (Photos by Laura Thompson)

NDSU Offers Advice on Drying Soybeans

October 12, 2018
Recent wet, rainy conditions are creating challenges for soybean producers wanting to dry and store this year's crop. NDSU Engineer Ken Hellevang offers advice for these conditions.

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Resource on Managing Insects in Stored Grain from SDSU

September 26, 2018
As we begin to harvest corn in Nebraska, on-farm storage may be needed. A recent article from South Dakota State University Extension summarizes potential insect pests of stored grain and actions to take to minimize damage by stored grain insects.

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Table of storage times for various tempratures of stored grain.

Consider Pros, Cons of Alternative Grain Storage Methods

September 5, 2018
Recommendations to help ensure quality grain storage, including tips for alternative facilities such as non-typical structures, piles, and bags and how to properly cool grain under various scenarios.

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Table of allowable storage times for soybeans at various temperatures

Better Soybean Storage Starts With Good Harvest Moisture

September 5, 2018
Storing soybeans at about 13% moisture can reduce mechanical damage and provide for a longer and higher quality storage. Here are some things to consider when storing soybeans.

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Combine loading grain into a truck
Taking time now to prepare your harvest equipment and storage facilities can help ensure higher qualtiy stored grain in the long run.

Preparing for Harvest, Grain Storage

August 24, 2018
Proper cleanup of your grain bins and the surrounding site before harvest, coupled with good stored grain management, will put more income in your pocket and keep your equipment and facilities in better condition.

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