Northwest Iowa — Many Iowa growers will be storing, not selling, their soybeans this harvest season, given low commodity prices and troubles with international trade.
Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl recommends farmers cool down the storage bin and make sure the moisture level isn’t too high when the beans are harvested.
For soybeans with a higher moisture content, it’s sometimes best to dry them using natural air and to avoid firing up the heaters.
Precautions need to be taken when drying soybeans.
Some growers might want to take their soybeans to a commercial elevator and run them through a corn dryer, but he says the risk of fire is far too great.