Schmidt: Elgin wheat ready for pickup
The Pierce County Agricultural Improvement Association has registered class seed of Elgin HRSW available for sale. There is an adequate supply and the seed will be available for pickup at the Rugby Elevator later this week. Growers who have requested bushel allotments may contact the Rugby Elevator to make arrangements for pick-up. Elgin is priced at $14.30 per bushel. Payment in full is due at pickup.
NDSU hosts garden forum statewide
North Dakota State University is launching a new series of garden workshops this spring. The Spring Fever Garden Forum will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights, March 25 and 27, and April 1 and 3 at the Pierce County Courthouse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. A team of 12 university researchers will provide the latest information on caring for yards and gardens. Topics include selecting landscape trees, gardening in containers, selecting superior flower and vegetable varieties, improving soil, preventing diseases, growing hardy fruits and more. Specialists will give short presentations and then answer your questions. Local NDSU Extension Service County Agents such as myself and area Master Gardeners will also be available at host sites to answer questions as well.
Live presentations from NDSU in Fargo will be broadcast to over 20 Extension offices across the state, which also includes the Pierce County Extension office. Gardeners may also attend these meetings via the internet on their home computers. All gardeners are welcome to participate and everything is free. Presentations go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. To register or for more information, go to ag.ndsu.edu/springfever or contact the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5.
Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures warm.
The allowable storage time is reduced by about half with each 10 degrees Farenheit the grain temperature increases. For example, the allowable storage time for 22 percent moisture corn is about 190 days at 30 degrees, 60 days at 40 degrees, and only 30 days at 80 degrees. Not only are daytime temperatures increasing, but the bin also works as a solar collector. This heats the grain to temperatures exceeding outside temperatures, particularly on the south side of the bin and on the top of the bin.
Producers should run the aeration fans periodically at night or during the cool part of the day to cool the grain. The goal is to keep the grain temperatures as cool as possible during the spring, preferably below 40 degrees. Nighttime temperatures in March are typically below 30; in April, below 40. Even in early May, they frequently are below 45 degrees.
Aeration fans or ducts should be covered when not operating. The wind will push warm, moist spring air through the grain, warming it to near the daily maximum temperatures. Typical maximum temperatures in late March are in the mid-40s and increase in late April to around 60 degrees.
Producers should also check their stored grain every two weeks. While checking on the grain, measure and record the grain temperature and moisture content. Rising grain temperatures may indicate insect or mold problems. Insect infestation can increase from being barely noticeable to major infestations in three to four weeks when the grain is warm.
Moisture content for corn needs to be 13 percent to prevent spoilage for summer storage, wheat is 13 percent, barley is 12 percent and oil sunflowers is 8 percent. For more information on grain drying, handling and storage, visit ag.ndsu.edu/graindrying.
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