This spring could be a critical time to monitor stored grain--especially higher moisture grain.
After the many recent roof collapses
of agricultural buildings caused by excessive snow loads, we have been
monitoring conditions in a research effort to relieve or reduce the
amount of snow that builds up on a roof. Although people are rightfully
concerned about their other buildings once they've had one collapse,
buildings handle snow loads differently. The collapse of one building
doesn't necessarily mean all the buildings on the farm are in danger.
The agriculturally troubled fall of
2009 may be over, but here comes the sequel--a potentially wet spring.
Due to the late corn harvest, many fields have yet to be tilled, and
they have large amounts of residue remaining on the surface.
As the month of February approaches,
farmers should prepare for the annual trip to the tax preparer. While
each farmer's situation is unique, there are several items nearly
everyone should check off their list prior to arriving at a tax