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Monday, January 14, 2013

Soybean Storage and Drying Tips

With the high price of soybeans and good yields this past fall there are a lot of stored beans in NJ that will need attension during the winter and spring to maintain good quality. The following is information on a webinar by one of the nation's top drying and storage experts who also will be a presenter at the February 13 statewide soybean producers meeting. Viewing this webinar in advance of the meeting will give you an opportunity to get important questions answered.
Zane R. Helsel

‘Focus on Soybean’ webcast, “SoybeanStorage" (by Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, Professor of Ag and Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University, was produced to help practitioners in the United States dry, handle and store soybeans in a manner that helps maintain their value.
In this talk, Dr. Hellevang discusses …
- The Required moisture levels for safe soybean storage

- Keeping the optimum harvest moisture content

- The value of cooling stored beans

- Recommended handling methods

- The hazards of reconditioning soybeans

- Recommended practices for both natural air and high temperature drying

This 24-minute presentation is open access through March 31, 2013. Viewers can also opt to see a 3-minute executive summary version of this presentation. This shorter executive summary version is permanently open access courtesy of the United Soybean Board.
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