by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator
Another harvest season has come to a close for most of our producers. As we reflect back it was a fast and furious one with added rain, which held off some of the acres to be harvested until we had a long stretch of freezing temperatures. That time has now come and we are feeling it all the way to our toes. Thank goodness December 21st is coming and days will start to get longer.
Abundance has been the name of the game this harvest season, with yields above average and quality at one of its highest levels. This means that the producers have more grain to sell/store at the elevator this year. LARGE CROPS and SPACE are two thoughts that have been on the minds of many this season. This concern can be put together with CONDO STORAGE. Do you know what it is? If not, ask your friendly grain employee.
Markets reflected the abundance and made some movement in a downward price direction that was anticipated, but others were unforeseen. The unexpected bright spot has been the positive movement of the bean market with demand for the oils. Producers have been on top of it and are taking advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves. Not only are producers marketing the bushels in the bins, they are also making plans for the next season ahead. Knowing what it takes to put the crop in the ground will help determine what needs to be covered for the input costs next year. Get some of it taken care of when you see rallies in the market. Have a plan – each producer has different needs—do you know yours?
Producers have worked hard to put grain in on-farm storage, so please make sure everyone is taking the precautions to care for it. Fans need to be clear of debris and maintained so that air flow is not restricted and grain can stay fresh. When you are working with bins, safety is the number one concern. Always let others know what you are doing and when, that way your safety and their’s is taken into consideration.
As our loyal customers labored to get the harvest off the fields, all the employees at the elevators worked to receive it. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for the long hours and days of work to get the harvest processed efficiently and safely.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON