Corn Harvest

20 Oct

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We have just finished the corn harvest in our area and the yields were pretty good. One of the farmers I work for stored some of his corn in these huge plastic tubes. They are sort of like long, heavy-duty garbage bags. Each one of these tubes will hold several thousand bushels of grain. They can store them in the field and haul them to the elevator at a later date.

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There are some problems with this type of storage as you might imagine. For one, mice like to live underneath the bags for warmth and shelter. Apparently they don’t chew into the bags, but the coyotes tear the bags by chewing and clawing trying to catch the mice. Last year, this farmer had to install an electric fence around the bags to keep the coyotes away. They also have to monitor the grain to make sure it does not get too hot and go sour. They poke a hole in the plastic and insert a thermometer and record the date and temperature. They cover the hole with gorilla tape until they return to take the temperature again. If the grain gets too hot, they have to open the bag up and air it out or empty it out and haul it to an elevator. There are a lot of ingenious people out there, it’s a shame I’m not one of them, otherwise I would be rich!

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2 Responses to “Corn Harvest”

  1. Pioneer Preppy October 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I have seen those bags out in the fields before and always wondered what they were.

    • doublebhomestead October 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      They are full of grain. I would have said you can’t do that, the grain will spoil. Shows how little I know doesn’t it?

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