Time to check grain bins

Farm Forum

With the big temperature and humidity changes we have had over the last month grain needs to be checked closely. First the temperature changes will have an effect of varying temperatures throughout the grain. This will cause humidity changes also which can make for wet spots in the grain. If the grain is uneven on the top or in a pile the moisture will be highest at the top of the pile and that is where hot spots could start to flare and damage the grain.

The past week also saw high winds and snow which can cause snow to blow into the top of the bins in some areas if the vents did not work right then with the warmer temperatures we have had the grain may even be warm enough for the snow to melt and again be a hot spot could form where the snow has melted. Once a hot spot is started this area will keep expanding as it can keep getting bigger from the starting spot. If it stays warm this area will also attract bugs to the area and with the warm temperature in the hot spot the bugs will help to increase the damaged spot faster causing more damage to the grain. From this point forward grain bins should be checked every two weeks to insure no problems ahead.

PAT’s – Private Pesticide Applicator Training

If you have not made one yet this winter there are three left for you to attend in the North East area. Registrations will start one half an hour before the classes start.

Revillo- March 4th 1:00- 4:00 p.m. at the Community Center

Hayti- March 6th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Hamlin County 4-H Building

Watertown- March 19th 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Codington County Extension Complex

If you have any questions please call me at the Watertown Regional Extension Center 605-882-5140.