Hot beans in the bin need attention

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Safe storage of any crop is a function of not just moisture, but temperature as well.

Ontario growers were blessed with some warm, dry weather to harvest the soybean crop — a crop that came off the field over-dry in some instances.

Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist, says that growers reported taking beans off at under 10 per cent moisture, which is rather dry. Dry is good when it comes storage, but the temperature matters, too.

Johnson says plenty of these beans also went in the bin quite warm, and when the outside of the bin cools, the air moves down the sides and up through the middle of the grain mass — and even dry beans will spoil with the resulting condensation in the middle and top of the bin.

Listen on to hear the full discussion on managing beans in the bin, plus Johnson discusses whether or not soybeans having to suffer can boost yield:

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