Kentucky’s Record Yields Leads To Storage Shortage

February 21, 2018 10:35 AM

Many farmers are still holding on to grain from last year’s record crop because of low prices and large supplies in the global market.

Kentucky farmers broke yield records in both corn and soybeans. The statewide average for corn topped 178 bushels per acre, a 20-bushel increase from 2016. Soybeans averaged 53 bushels per acre, an increase of three bushels.

These extra bushels have caused some farmers to run out of storage space.

Jeff Franklin from the University of Kentucky is showing some of the alternatives farmers used in the fall on AgDay above.

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Spell Check

Augusta, ME
2/22/2018 07:51 AM

  I certainly hope those plastic bags are made from biodegradable plant-based oil instead of petrol-based oil. I continue to hear that farmers are doing everything possible to be sustainable and are friends of the environment, well this would be a great opportunity to show it.

Miguel Moneta
Queretaro -Mexico, UM
2/21/2018 05:42 PM

  They can get plastic silobags that can hold up to 500 metric tons each. They come in several sizes. Not expensive, easy and quick to install, fill and empty. Widely used in Argentina and Brasil. Low maintenance costs and grain can be kept for a couple or more years if needed.


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