Grain Storage Guidelines & Tips

Grain Storage FacilityAs fall harvest time starts it is a good time to think about proper grain storage practices. Whether you are harvesting and feeding the crop to cattle or storing for sale later, maintaining quality conditions within your grain storage is imperative.

Tips for Proper Grain Storage

  • Preventative preparation and inspections – Prior to harvest time it is important to inspect your grain storage facilities and equipment. Clean out bins including around and under floor areas, watching for insect infestation areas. Repair any damage as necessary.
  • Maintain proper moisture levels – Each crop type has different ideal storage moisture levels. Check this guide for recommendations.
  • Consistent monitoring – Check your grain storage regularly to ensure proper storage conditions are maintained. Environments conditions, moisture levels, insects, and equipment functionality can all impact the result or your stored crop.
  • Aerated, weather-proof structure – Make sure the bin or storage facility you’re using protects from outdoor elements and provides aeration to keep it dry and reduce spoilage.
  • Temperature control – Aeration and monitoring will help maintain proper grain temperature. Pay attention to the temperature as seasons change, especially when temperatures increase dramatically.

Following these basic tips will help ensure your harvest stays in good condition until you need to use or sell it. Regular monitoring will allow you to adjust the storage conditions if necessary. Each location and crop is different, so always use your best judgement. You know your storage conditions better than anyone else.

Contact K & S if need help setting up a grain bin or making repairs. We’ll help you ensure your storage facility is ready to go.

Grain Storage: Peace of Mind While You Wait

Grain Storage solutions Peace of mind while you waitNews of falling grain prices and reports of record harvest amounts are surfacing, like the recent article in The Wall Street Journal on September 7, 2014, “Corn Price Falls as Crop Flourishes”  and the Kare 11 News story “Rain Boosts Minnesota Corn Crop Forecast” published on September 11, 2014.

Reports of bumper crops across Minnesota and the Midwest this year can be a mixed blessing. While farmers continually strive to increase yield, it can adversely affect grain prices like what seems to be happening this fall. With current prices of grain lower than desired, many producers will take a chance on higher prices later by storing the grain now. If that’s the case, it’s important to make sure ample, quality storage is available. Additional grain storage allows you to market the grain when you want. More grain storage also means you keep your operation running efficiently, instead of sitting in long lines at local co-ops waiting to dump in the busy season!

K & S Millwrights is ready to help provide the grain storage and drying solutions your 2014-2015 plans will require. We are the leader in small to large grain handling needs. Before harvest season arrives, let us know  if your needs have changed. You can take a gamble on grain prices, but you don’t need to do the same with your ability to accommodate your changing business plans.