1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Stores Beans And Corn In BagsThe cheapest and most economical "over-flow" storage for corn and beans is in plastic bags designed for silage or high-moisture corn, according to Jerry Kuhns, Arthur, Ill., who first tried the idea two years ago.
Kuhns, who does custom bagging for farmers with his Ag Bag machine, says he charges about 15 cents per bushel - that's 9 cents for the bag and 6 cents per bushel to fill it. He uses 9-ft. dia. bags ranging from 135 to 200 ft. long which hold from 4,000 to 6,000 bu. respectively.
Two years ago, when he first started putting corn and beans in bags on his own farm, there was a glut of corn on the market and prices were low. Kuhns needed a storage alternative. He bought the Ag Bag machine, fitted with the grain handling filler auger (versus the forage handling filler auger), and started filling bags with corn and beans directly from the combine. Corn went into the bags at about 16.5% moisture while beans were at about 13%.
Kuhns seals the bags up tight and periodically probes for hot spots, sealing up holes made by the probe with special tape from Ag Bag. He says you can aerate bags by inserting a pipe into each end of the bag and putting a fan at one end but, after trying it, he thinks it's not necessary. "We've had no problems whatsoever with either sealed or aerated bags," he told FARM SHOW.
Kuhns didn't put grain in bags last year and he doesn't figure he'll have to this year either because there will be plenty of storage in elevators. But he plans to keep the Ag Bag bagger ready for future use. "It's the best and least expensive emergency storage method you can find. You can't beat it. At about 14 cents a bushel, you can store grain indefinitely. A grain elevator might charge 12 cents a bushel but that's probably for a 120 day minimum and then you would have to pay more," he says, noting that he uses a grain vac to empty the bags.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jerry Kuhns, Rt.1, Box 63, Arthur, Ill. 61911 (ph 217 543-2303).
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