Avoiding high-moisture corn is not an option in 2009 for many producers. “We are at a time when harvest should be nearly complete, says J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University extension dairy specialist.” Not just in our region, but also in the entire Corn Belt, nearly all are struggling with a delayed and wet harvest.” Therefore, whether your corn is going to feed or the market, the major challenge is storage.
But not only moisture will challenge the storage and receiving of grain; substantial mold proliferation has farmers and elevator managers alike very concerned.
Because of this year’s harvest conditions, many producers are looking for either temporary storage (for later drying) or additional storage to accommodate wet corn (for feeding) because they do not want to plug a huge bin with wet corn. As a result, two very common questions have arisen: “Can I put it in the bag” and “How long will it keep?"
Using the long white storage or silo bags is a very viable alternative for short-term storage. “We have used them for years to store wet forage, and farmers have adapted then for various other commodity feeds, wet and dry,” says Schroeder. Besides, you can put the bags just about anywhere.
Here are some storage and management hints.