When you have a harvest so big you do not have enough room in the grain bins, you need to find a way to store it so that it does not spoil or go to waste. One way to handle the situation is to use a grain bagger and leave the bags out in the field. When there is a surplus of grain, the prices go down, often because the farmers do not have the storage space for it all. When you use bags, you can store it and wait for the prices to go back up, making yourself some extra money. To reduce the chance of any of your harvest going bad, here are a few tips.
Store on Elevated Spot Near a Road
Once the grain is in the bag, move it to an elevated spot, or, at least, a place that drains well. While the bags are fairly waterproof, you don't want them to sit in standing water. In addition, animals, rocks, or sticks may put holes in it that will allow in water. It is also important to have the bags near a road or worn path to make it easier for your tractor or truck to get to it. You don't want to have to worry about getting bogged down in a bunch of mid when you need to get to the grain.
Place Bags Running North and South
As you place the bags, make sure they run north and south. This ensures that the sun will hit both sides of the bag no matter the time of day. The heat from the sun will ensure that the grain stays dry so it does not begin to heat up or mold.
Sprinkle urea on the ground where you will be placing the bag and then around the bag. This will keep mice from the area, chewing into the bag. The mice would die once in the bag due to a lack of oxygen, but would leave holes that dribble grain and attract other animals to the area to eat.
Check Bags Regular
Make it a normal task to go out and check the bags regularly. If you notice any holes, take the temperature and a moisture reading near them to ensure they are not heating up and spoiling. Use the tape that came with the bags to repair the holes.
Grain bagging is the ideal way to store your excess grain until you can sell it. You do not have to worry about hauling it back to a bin or loading and unloading it for storage. The only tie you will have to move it is when you are loading it up for sale. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Neeralta Manufacturing Inc.