On-farm grain storage could be tight

A grain merchandiser says farmers are harvesting better than expected yields and it could test their on-farm storage capacity.

Jeff Johnston with Zeeland Farm Services tells Brownfield wheat production this year was larger than expected in Michigan and the processing pipeline is full.

“A lot of the wheat millers have been pretty full, so they can’t take that in,” he says.  “It’s going to cause us space issues possibly for some elevators.”

He recommends farmers move grain sooner rather than later in the season to take advantage of premiums and to make space for more commodities.

“There are still a few places here mid-October that are paying some premiums for quick ship corn,” he shares.  “We’re hearing a lot of the moisture at this time is 25 to 30 percent plus.”

Johnston says there have been reports of stalk and stem integrity and farmers need to be mindful of lodging while waiting for lower moisture levels.

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