When Grain Heats Up
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Mar 5, 2015 03:22 PM CST

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Spring seems impossibly far away in many snowy parts of the Midwest, but stored grain could be feeling the heat already.

"Late winter and early spring is a really critical time to start monitoring grain temperature," said Ken Hellevang, an agricultural engineer with North Dakota State University Extension.

In late winter, the sun's rays might seem weaker, but its low position in the sky can make it a potent force, he explained.

"Because we still have relatively cool temperatures outside, sometimes we forget that the amount of solar energy hitting the south wall of bins right ...

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