January 26, 2021

What’s Going on in Your Bins?

While it’s always important to check your bins periodically to maintain the quality of your stored grain, be extra diligent if dry conditions impacted your fields during the 2020 growing season.

“Drought-affected corn tends to have smaller kernels, meaning it’s denser,” said Ben Buie, grain team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “That makes it harder to push air through the bin.”

Those smaller kernels can really pack down tightly, compared to larger kernels. “Think of it like a box full of balls,” Buie said. “It’s harder to push air through a box full of baseballs than a box full of basketballs.”

Coring your bins this winter will be more important than ever. “The beans we were seeing early during harvest were smaller in size,” said Buie, who added that MaxYield received about 100,000 bushels of new-crop corn by September 15. Compare that to 2019, when the first 100,000-bushel day didn’t occur until September 27.

Don’t “set it and forget it” with grain going into storage early, especially if the kernels or seeds are smaller than normal. “That’s not just grain in your bins,” Buie said. “Think of it like dollar bills. You want to protect that resource to earn the most profit you can.”

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