Farmers should look now for storage options for 2014's bumper corn harvest.
The most recent USDA Crop Report predicts
Growing conditions were favorable in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. And some producers still have 2012 corn crop in bins, Wiebold said.
Some corn in the Bootheel region of
Some are modifying existing structures such as machine sheds or hay barns, he said. These structures are not intended for grain storage but producers are fortifying them with wood and adding moisture-proof liners.
Others are contracting with commercial grain elevators for storage. Some are considering plastic bag tubes, temporary plastic bag storage systems up to the length of a football field and 7-8 feet in diameter. They are meant to hold grain for one season, Wideman said.
He said silage has been stored in these tubes for several years. There are differences between corn and silage storage, however.
Silage and corn with high moisture content can be successfully stored in tubes for feeding to livestock.
Corn must be dried prior to storage if it is to be sold later. Corn storage in tubes has some risk including fermentation. Unlike silage that is packed tightly, corn can be damaged when animals and birds put holes in the tubes in an attempt to gain access to corn. This allows rain or snow to enter the tube and cause damage.
Drying means extra costs and tubes cost about
A vacuum-type conveyor can be used to suck it up and blow it into a grain truck. A tractor with a front-end loader also can be used to load corn into the grain truck. Labor costs increase and value decreases with either method.
Farmers stored 11.78 billion bushels of grain on farms in 2012, according to the latest data available from the
Rail traffic and other transportation issues also are likely for producers and commercial grain handlers this year, Wiebold said.
TNS 30TagarumaMar-140819-4832458 30TagarumaMar
Most Popular Stories
- Cape Cod Building Mussel Industry
- Frightfully Fun Films Return for Halloween
- Hollywood Eager to Grasp Hispanic Market
- Would Soccer Be Richer Without Small Clubs?
- Cloud Lifts Microsoft's Quarterly Results
- IS Funded by Black Market Oil Sales, Racketeering
- Weekly Jobless Claims Rise but Remain Low
- Sears Denies Store Closings, Layoffs Report
- Pfizer Approves $11 Billion Buyback Plan
- Teresa Giudice Must Serve Time in Prison