Vegetation ManagementAgriculture
October 2014

A near-record harvest, low crop prices and a shortage of storage space are changing the way some farmers store their crops.

Across Minnesota and elsewhere, many growers are stuffing corn, wheat and sometimes soybeans into 300-foot polyethylene bags, 10 feet in diameter.

The process, called grain bagging, provides temporary storage in farm fields that eliminates the need to wait in line to deliver grain at elevators, or possibly dump crops on the ground. And in a year when corn prices have hit five-year lows, bagging allows farmers to postpone selling their crops to see if prices will turn around…

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